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The Triathlete's Training Bible [Kindle Edition]

Joe Friel
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Triathlete's Training Bible is the bestselling and most comprehensive reference available to triathletes.

Based on Joe Friel’s proven, science-based methodology and his 28 years of coaching experience, The Triathlete’s Training Bible has equipped hundreds of thousands of triathletes for success in the sport. The Triathlete's Training Bible equips triathletes of all abilities with every detail they must consider when planning a season, lining up a week of workouts, or preparing for race day.

With this new edition, you will develop your own personalized training plan and learn how to:

  • improve economy in swimming, cycling, and running
  • balance intensity and volume
  • gain maximum fitness through smart recovery
  • make up for missed workouts and avoid overtraining
  • adapt your training plan based on your progress
  • build muscular endurance with a new approach to strength training
  • improve body composition with smarter nutrition

The Triathlete’s Training Bible is the best-selling book on tri training ever published. Get stronger, smarter, and faster with this newest version of the bible of the sport.

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"25 years of active multisport coaching has proven that Joe Friel has an unprecedented understanding of endurance sports. As a multiple triathlon world champion, I would consider Joe as one of the leading figures in triathlon coaching today. Joe's professional approach and practical understanding of sports physiology has helped many endurance athletes of all abilities reach their full athletic potential." --Simon Lessing, 5-time Triathlon World Champion""The Triathlete's Training Bible" is a fantastic guide. You can't go wrong using the advice in this book." -- Scott "The Terminator" Molina, triathlon's winningest pro"As an athlete with the unique ability to race multiple Ironman races every season, I have always been trouble for any triathlon coach. To coach myself successfully, I needed a reliable and strong tool. I searched all sources carefully until I found the one--"The Triathlete's Training Bible" by Joe Friel. Whatever my problem, there is always a solution in this book. This book makes my understanding of training, racing, and recovering more complete with every page." -- Petr Vabrousek, professional triathlete"As a triathlon coach, 2004 Olympian, and former top-ranked triathlete in the world, I've used "The Triathlete's Training Bible" as one of my key references. Joe Friel's training books have made the once "crazy" sport of triathlon accessible to the public while also guiding seasoned athletes to their full potential." -- Barb Lindquist""The Triathlete's Training Bible" is an invaluable tool for every triathlete looking to improve." -- Clas Bjorling, professional triathlete""The Triathlete's Training Bible" is a 'must read' for both athletes and coaches...It captures the essence of multisport training by outlining both the science and the art of the sport in a detailed, yet practical format. It is one of the most valuable resources I have on my bookshelf." --Libby Burrell, USA Triathlon National Program Director"Joe Friel has spent

About the Author

Joe Friel is one of the most recognised names in triathlon coaching and the best-selling author of The Triathlete's Training Bible, Going Long, Your First Triathlon, and The Cyclist's Training Bible, and The Mountain Biker's Training Bible. His clients include professional and amateur triathletes, duathletes, road cyclists and mountain bikers. He is a certified USA Triathlon and USA Cycling Coach and holds a master's degree in exercise science. A successful Training Bible Coaching franchise operates in the UK.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 26651 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress; 3 edition (27 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BUWY74M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,421 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best. Period. 15 Nov. 2011
By Mark
In my opinion, the goal of this book is to give people who want to compete in triathalons a scientific, self-coached training plan. Does it deliver? Absolutely. The book accomplishes this through six, cleanly divided parts.

Part one, "The self-trained triathlete" is concerned with the "philosophical" basis for methodical training. It deals with things such as attitide and commitment, which are as important to me as the physical training.

Part two, "From lab to real world" talks about the scientific foundation of training and goes into the science and priciples of training (i.e. progressive resistance, periodization, etc.).

Part three, "Training with a purpose" seems to pull together parts one and two in which a system of purposeful training is described. This part will help the reader to determine exactly what their training needs are and the best ways to address them.

Part four, simply titled "Planning" is really the heart of the book. Here the book helps you design your own training plan for a season, week by week.

Part five, "Racing and recovering" takes you through the many details of preparing to race and recovering after. In other words, it gives you info on what to do before and after the actual race. This information is essential as many athletes neglect to recover properly before starting training again for the next race.

Part six, "The competative edge" talks about other supplemental aspects of training that can contribute to peak performance. Here the book covers things such as swimming tips, weight training ex's, eating tips, keeping a training diary, etc. I like to think of this chapter as a kind of "tie up the loose ends" section.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book - Full of info but ... 23 Sept. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I regularly come back to this book. It's my reference manual for tri really I guess. Joe summarises his research into the science pretty well and gives you LOTS of other info.

You can then build your own customised plan putting together workout types he recommends.

For £10 you should just buy it to be honest.

The downsides for me are:

1. It doesn't actually give you a plan to follow. You have to make your own. Which is fair enough but that takes quite a lot of time. You might instead want to get a BTF coach to do one for you.
2. I would say the book is a bit light on the swim wide of things. But perfectly adequate for me.
3. **From memory** I think many of the measure are in US terms - so I always work in pace per km for example for running. You can live with that I guess.
4. For the shorter sprint distances and newer events like sprint duathlon then again it's a bit light on that.
5. Joe F. is big into power based training zones, I don't think this book covers those in quite enough detail eg HR zones and pace zones are given for all levels but not power zones.

but as I said: "buy it". it's good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for ever triathlete, novice or elite!!! 10 May 2013
By Yogi
Bought this book as I wanted to start doing triathlons.
I though this book would not be big, but would have some wrong I was.
This is not a sit on the couch with a cup of tea book. Its a sit at the table book as it is so big.
It is full of information from mental attitude, to injuries, to how to train around your busy life.
I am half way through his book and have learnt so much about triathlon its unreal. I am a complete novice
when it comes to triathlon but this book breaks things down for you to understand easily.

It is a must for anyone who is interested in the sport.
Excellent book, and a lot to take in but well worth the read and I am looking forward to my first race.
All thanks to Joe Friel :)

Happy reading and racing :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 25 Oct. 2012
By SammyH
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
When I recieved this book in the post I was genuinly surprised with how big it was, presentation is fantastic with full color diagrams and charts, plenty to get your teeth into

Friel knows his stuff, the book works best when you combine it with TrainingPeaks software, but it can be used as a standalone tool.

Its filled to the brim with concepts and ways in which you can enhance your season with a large emphasis on planning and correct execution of training.

Friel seems to fall into the trap of expecting the reader to have a moderate understanding of sports science, while it certainly helps its not vital to have.

Overall a great read but it will take some time to consume it all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've read a few triathlon books. This is the ... 21 Jan. 2015
By eoin
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've read a few triathlon books. This is the pick of them. It gives you a canvas you can work from and tailor your training to suit your lifestyle.
If you want to broaden your knowledge of triathlon training, do yourself a favor and get this book. Forget the other books that give you very general advice that would benefit people who are new to the sport.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Triathlete Essential Read 27 April 2013
By Sammat
Format:Kindle Edition
Every Triathlete has needs and wants, the Joe Freil Triathlete Training Bible is a definite Need to have if you want to succeed in the world of Triathlon.
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By Seboto
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Good book to structure your training for an ironman, learned a lot and it makes sense! Fairly easy to understand and apply if you are serious about training. I think this book apply to long distance triathlon more than short ones but then again, it depends your aspirations!
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Published 1 month ago by Gilbert D A Gildas
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Excellent and fast service, thanks
Published 4 months ago by Jill K. Andrew
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Great book and a training partner.
Published 5 months ago by NK
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Definitely recommend - get the hard copy though. it's...
Wow! This is a comprehensive book. Having read it through its now time to go back to the beginning and read it again. This time making notes and making a plan! Read more
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Published 6 months ago by Russell M.
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very comprehensive
Published 6 months ago by GORDON
5.0 out of 5 stars The book tells it all..
Joe Friel stretches all the areas of mulitsport AND the book can also be read if you're in to training - weights fx - in general. Buy it!
Published 7 months ago by Peter Stjernholm-Andersen
4.0 out of 5 stars very good book!
Lots of interesting information, tables and charts for your training plan.
I believe that using training peaks will definitely help.
Published 7 months ago by J. FLORIANI
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good tips
Published 7 months ago by Patrick Brady
4.0 out of 5 stars certainly a very useful reference book for any Triathlete
I bought this book several years ago and just noticed while reviewing something else that I hadn't reviewed it. I've never read this book cover to cover ... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr Graham Parker
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