About the Author
Joe Friel, MSc has trained endurance athletes since 1980. He served as head coach of the U.S. national triathlon team at the world championships in 2000, and athletes he has worked with have appeared in the Olympic Games and world and national championships. He is cofounder of USA Triathlon s National Coaching Association and served on the USA Triathlon Coaching Certification Committee. Friel is a Colorado state masters triathlon champion and a Rocky Mountain region and Southwest region duathlon age group champion, and he has been a perennial USA Triathlon All American duathlete. As a member of several national duathlon teams, Friel was a top 5 contender in world class events and competed in road running and United States Cycling Federation races He is the author of The Triathlete s Training Bible, Your First Triathlon, Your Best Triathlon, Total Heart Rate Training, and The Paleo Diet for Athletes. He is a contributor to Precision Heart Rate Training and USA Triathlon s Complete Triathlon Guide. Jim Vance is a triathlon and duathlon running, and cycling coach at TrainingBible Coaching and the founder and head coach of TriJuniors, a USAT high performance team in San Diego. For his coaching, he was awarded the 2009 Tri Club of San Diego Coach of the Year and was appointed U.S. elite national team coach for the Duathlon World Championships in 2011 and 2012. He has coached athletes who have won or qualified for events, including the U.S. Elite National Championship, Elite ITU World Championship, Ironman World Championship, 70.3 World Championship and XTERRA European Tour Elite. A former elite triathlete who spent time at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Vance placed third in the Florida Ironman and was an International Triathlon Union age group world champion, an XTERRA amateur world champion, and a letter winner at the University of Nebraska in track and field and cross country.