""""John Mora has put together an excellent overall cross section of triathlon-related material. This book covers many topics left out of more technical manuals and personal history biographies. It is a worthy addition to any sports library."""Scott TinleyPresidentThe Flyrod Group, Inc.Two-time Hawaii Ironman Triathlon World Champion """John Mora's book is as complete a guide to the sport of triathlon as you'll ever find. A must read for the triathlon rookie."""Bob BabbittEditor and PublisherCompetitor Magazine "
From the Author
Finish your first triathlon--and have fun doing it!
So you want to do a triathlon? Or maybe you've done one or two, but don't quite "know the ropes" as well as you'd like. Perhaps you're an accomplished runner, cyclist or swimmer, and want to expand your horizons. Well, prepare yourself for a fun and exciting sport that will challenge you in ways you never imagined. Training for multi-sport events is a great way to get in fantastic shape and have the time of your life. Whether you're new to the triathlon scene or have some experience, you've probably got a few questions you'd like answers to right away. Questions such as... What distance triathlon should I do? Should I buy a wetsuit? What kind of bicycle do I need? How do I train for a triathlon? What should I eat the morning of a race? How can I learn to swim safely in open water? You'll find answers to these questions and much, much more In Triathlon 101. In fact, the sole purpose of this book is to answer your important questions and provide the information you need now. Best of all, you'll find the answers you need quickly, without a lot of fancy or unnecessary information. Sure, triathlon isn't as simple as lacing up your running shoes and putting one step in front of the other. But I've tried to uncomplicate things for you by sticking to the fundamentals. You won't find a lot of cryptic topics like "gear ratios" and "muscle fiber ratio.". (Such subjects are best reserved for a future date; while no doubt you will want to learn more about more complex sports science topics as you progress, right now, first things first.) What you will find is the necessary, practical basics for a successful introduction to this exhilarating sport. Be assured, this book is written for you. Everything in here is for the novice triathlete, and deals only with topics and information you need to safely and successfully reach your goal. In my ten years as a triathlon journalist for all the major multi-sport magazines, my most frequent assignment were those that dealt with fundamental topics such as buying your first tri-bike or open water safety tips. So I knew there were a lot of you out there, grasping for some definitive answers to your valid questions. (Some of my most gratifying moments came from a kind letter or phone call from a novice who-with the answers I provided in a "101" article-finished their first triathlon.) Well, no need to grasp or grop any longer... the definitive answers are here for you in one place No more searching around for the bits and pieces of the multi-sport puzzle from books that deal with a wide range of triathlon topics and skill levels. Forget about the hit-or-miss advice you might get from well-meaning friends or family. Finally, here is your one-stop resource book that has all the information you need, in plain, simple language. I hope you enjoy Triathlon 101. Most of all, I hope it give you the information and inspiration you need to complete your first triathlon... an achievement that will last a lifetime.