This is the review I posted on Duathlon.com:
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.