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  • ASIN: B002VYSIWA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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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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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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This is a very good guide for all levels. I never do races longer than olympic distance, so there are parts that arent relevant to me, but I found that it answered a lot of questions that i had. Particularly on how to approach race week with regard to both training and nutrition. Ive done two races since i got the book and performed well in both. My energy levels on the day were higher than they have ever been so I am definitely crediting this book for that.
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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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