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Joe Friel & Jim Vance , Joe Friel , Jim Vance , James Vance
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1 April 2013
Leave em in your wake, leave em in your trail, leave em in your dust. Get your brain as fit as your body and achieve your triathlon potential. Triathlon Science is packed with all the expertise you can handle, and more From fine tuning your physiology for each of the three disciplines to plotting the best race strategy for your fitness level, personal goals, and competitive conditions, you ll find the insights and prescriptions typically available only from a top level coach. With editors Joe Friel and Jim Vance and a who s who list of international experts on the sport, Triathlon Science offers you an unprecedented wealth of advanced yet accessible information on excelling in the sport.

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  • Paperback: 680 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers (1 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450423809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450423809
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 17.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Literature Review 20 Jun 2013
By matt
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Triathlon Science takes the reader through the scientific research on each of the 3 disciplines, how they relate to triathlon and where available the triathlon specific research. It's exactly what I have been looking for.

The book is aimed at serious triathletes and coaches and is well suited to this market. Although it isn't necessarily aimed at the beginner, if you're of a scientific or analytical persuasion then you should still consider it.

My background is in swimming so for me these chapters felt less detailed than those for cycling and running. Triathlon specific scientific research is less well developed than the individual sports but the book does bring this in where available.

You'll want to read this from cover to cover and would help prepare you and your athlete's for the season ahead. If you're buying during the race season then you may want to skip the beginning of the book (but come back later) and get to the taper chapter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice bit of reading for any coach 23 Nov 2013
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nice layout easy read and great to dive in and out of
i'm sure i'll reach for it a number of times
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I've only read a third of this book up to now. I started really keen but was worn out by the technical detail re energy production etc. This is in contrast with the sections dealing with the skills about how to swim, bike and run.

So all in all not sure at the momet. If I had to make a one sentence conclusion it would be;
"very technical initially but seems to fail to deliver on the basics but need to read more to make a comprehensive assessment."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Destined To Be a Must Have Book For Serious Triathletes 11 Mar 2013
By BigE - Published on
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Triathlon Science is the textbook of triathlon training. There is a good chance this will be the second biggest selling triathlon book of all time, behind only Joe Friel’s Triathlete’s Training Bible. It’ll take a while to get there, but it’s a timeless book.

The book is edited by Joe Friel and Jim Vance, but a group of 20+ authors (including Friel and Vance) wrote the 43 chapters of Triathlon Science. The authors are some of the best and brightest in the sport. You’ve heard of some of them, and those you haven’t heard of are just as smart. A partial list includes: Hunter Allen, Bob Seebohar, George Dallam, Stephen McGregor, Neal Henderson, and Matt Fitzgerald.

The book is broken down into eleven sections such as Training Base Building, Training Strategies, Physiological Function in Triathlon Training, and Technical Execution and Efficiency. It sounds very technical, and in some parts it is. But don’t worry. You don’t need a doctorate to make sense of it.

This book will appeal to triathletes who are serious about the sport, and definitely to all coaches. It might not appeal to a newbie competing in their first triathlon this year so they can cross that off their bucket list. Triathlon Science, as the name suggests, is based on science. There is nothing faddish about it. It’s not based on the training methodology of any one coach. Authors are willing to present both sides of an argument when appropriate

While this paperback book weighs in at a hefty 680 pages, you don’t have to read it all at once, nor do you have to read it in order. Most, if not all, of the chapters stand alone.

If you are getting close to your peak race, check out McGregor’s chapter on Tapering and Peaking for Races. The 12 page chapter is better and more comprehensive than just about anything else you’ll find. If you want to know all about Aerobic Capacity, check out the chapter by Ross Tucker. David Warden has a good chapter on the science behind a proper warmup and cool down (a lot of stuff you probably don’t already know).

I didn’t love all 43 chapters of the book. A few were too basic and as written might not have a place in this book, but the value of the other chapters is very high.

It’s surprising it took this long for a book like this to be published. If you’re a serious duathlete or triathlete there’s a good chance you’ll be adding it to your library and you’ll refer back to it many times.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive and invaluable resource for triathletes 3 May 2013
By Mike - Published on
By far the most comprehensive multisport book I have ever read, and weighing in at 2.4 lbs, and over 1" thick, you can be sure it's loaded with tons of valuable information. But don't let the book's size intimidate you- it's broken down neatly into eleven chapters, with an appendix in the back that makes it very user friendly and easy to find the information you're looking for. This is definitely the kind of book you would want to keep on hand for reference, considering the huge amount of ground it covers.

Just a brief sampling of some of the topics covered include physiological function in triathlon training, training base building for triathlons, multisport event specific training and racing tactics, sports medicine, nutrition, and psychology of multisport.

This book is literally jam-packed full of training charts and tables, stretching exercises with reference photos, as well as warm-up and cool-down, flexibility and core strength, and strength training ideas. There is also a large section on nutrition, explaining the importance of proteins and fats, vitamins, minerals, and water, as well as the effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels, and a basic introduction to the glycemic index.

This book is an incredibly thorough and invaluable resource, and I fully recommend it if you are interested in multisport / triathlon racing.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For beginners to experienced 4 May 2013
By HeatherMS - Published on
When I first opened up "Triathlon Science: The ultimate nexus of knowledge and performance" edited by Joe Friel and Jim Vance, I was overwhelmed. There is a lot of information in it and a lot of science. In Chapter 1, you learn about energy systems with the first sentence in this part being "The basic unit of energy within the human body is adenosine triphosphate (ATP)" along with a diagram of the molecular structure. I kept reading, and I am glad I did. This isn't a book to be read in one sitting, but to be savored chapter by chapter.

The book is broken down into 11 parts:

Physical Attributes of Triathletes
Technical Execution and Efficiency in Each Event
Environmental Factors and Equipment Options
Physiological Function in Triathlon Training
Training Modes and Methods for Triathletes
Training Strategies in Triathlon
Training Base Building for Triathlon
Multisport Event-Specific Training and Racing Tactics
Sports Medicine for Triathletes
Nutrition for Triathletes
Psychology of Multisport

This book includes charts and diagrams to help the reader understand the information better. It also includes in the back a comprehensive list of references broken down by chapter as to where they obtained their information. The index also helps the reader easily pages about specific information such as ligament injury treatments and barefoot running.

This is the ultimate guide to triathlon science and is for the beginner to the experienced.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good description of science behind sports. 10 Aug 2013
By ANJAN SAIKIA - Published on
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It enlightens about the science behind training. No doubt some of them will change again in due course of time as we progress toward learning more about our body.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book 27 Mar 2013
By Evan23 - Published on
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Only half way through the book, but worth my time already. It's definitely not something you would read and say "ok, I know all this material now". More like a reference book if you ever have a question on nutrition, intervals, injury, equipment, psychology, etc. Much more reliable than searching the web or forum for an answer on triathlon training, the book is well researched with empirical data.
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