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  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress; 3rd New edition edition (30 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030196
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 2.8 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mark on 15 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
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 By S. Mark Gee on 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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Format: Paperback
Bought this book as I wanted to start doing triathlons.
I though this book would not be big, but would have some details...how 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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By SammyH on 25 Oct. 2012
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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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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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By Sammat on 27 April 2013
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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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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