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Joe Friel
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Book Description

30 Jan 2009
Coach Joe Friel has equipped thousands of triathletes for success in the sport. This new edition of his best-selling book includes all of the latest advances in training and technology. "The Triathlete's Training Bible" is the most comprehensive reference available to triathletes, and it speaks to triathletes of all ability levels, whatever their experience. Friel empowers triathletes with every detail they need to consider when planning a season, lining up a week of workouts, and preparing to race. With a solid understanding of the science behind Friel's proven methodology, triathletes can easily develop a personal training plan and know how to adapt it throughout the season based on their body's response to training. The third edition, now in a two-color format, includes extensive revisions on the specifics of how to train and what to eat. Triathletes will discover how to: build muscular endurance with a new approach to strength training; precisely gauge intensity with the latest in training technology to maximize form and fitness and reduce fatigue; improve economy in swimming, cycling, and running; competently adapt annual training plans over the course of a season; and, improve body composition and recovery with smarter nutrition. As the sport of triathlon continues to boom, it can be difficult to stay abreast of the latest trends and research and even harder to remain competitive. With more case studies to draw from and multiple contingency plans for those times when training doesn't go as planned, triathletes can count on Joe Friel to help them maximize their potential. Two-color interior, illustrations, charts, and tables throughout. Over 170,000 copies sold in all editions.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress; 3rd New edition edition (30 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030196
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,799 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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23 of 23 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book - Full of info but ... 23 Sep 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Essential reading for those training or preparing for Triathlons - lots of useful information about every aspect of training.

Allows you to create training plans and comprehensive schedule to help you get the best out of your time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Filled with very usefull information for all, novice upwards. I found it a great help just prior to my first adventure race.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As expected 13 Jan 2014
By Mon269
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I have been following Joe's blog for a while so I knew what to expect. This is a big book and will take a while to finish but from what I have read so far it is a great tool for the self coached triathlete.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Happyone 23 Oct 2012
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A a bit heavy going but useful if you are serious about training and want to know about the details of training well.
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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 ... but I have used it as a reference. I've read areas of the book that are relevent to me at the time .... and I would say I've probably read 90% of the book over the years. It's very detailed and informative ... certainly a very useful reference book for any Triathlete.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well worth a read 12 Jan 2014
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Picked up many good tips for training, racing and diet. I'm hoping it will help me achieve this years goals
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 days ago by Reg gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant guide for newbie and veterans of triathlon.
An amazing read that has guided me through my first two years of triathlon. I still use it annually when I plan my training. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Don
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Did a tri, didn't read the book.
Published 1 month ago by Rob Sheff
2.0 out of 5 stars The content is good but arrived damaged.
I like it very much I mean content but unfortunatly book arrived damaged was not packed correctly. Hopefully next time willl be better.
Published 7 months ago by Bobek
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book. Would recommend (al levels).
Ace book. I am just getting into triathlon and its been used as a great tool to build a triathlon plan that can grow with me as I improve. Ace.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have some prior knowledge of anatomy and physiology its an easy...
What a fantastic book - All you need to know - I wont write a lot as all has been said about this below - BUT I would suggest having a pen and paper to jot down a few notes, if you... Read more
Published 11 months ago by deagy92
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book quite detailed
Good book, quite detailed although you can take out of it what you need to help you with your training
Published 14 months ago by Gclamp
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for ever triathlete, novice or elite!!!
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. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Yogi
5.0 out of 5 stars Triathlete Essential Read
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.
Published 16 months ago by Sammat
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