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Ultimate Triathlon: A Complete Training Guide for Long-distance Triathletes [Paperback]

Paul Moore , Richard Hoad
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Book Description

1 Jun 2011
This is a guide to training for and competing in long-distance/Ironman triathlons, one of the world s toughest sporting events. Comprising of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile cycle and a marathon, Ironman-distance triathlon is a daunting undertaking for every competitor; for the first-timer, it can be overwhelming. Yet, the numbers of participants are rocketing as thousands of people who have completed a sprint- or standard-distance triathlon are looking for their next challenge. This book takes a holistic approach to the sport. It covers everything from training plans to race entry, from preparing your equipment to nutrition. It is not guaranteed to get you over the finish line, but it will help ensure that you are as prepared as you can be when the gun goes off. The content is aimed at levels of ability ranging from first timers to the more experienced, and includes information for triathletes from a variety of age groups. Accessible, lively and authoritative, this book is the ideal guide to training for one of the most difficult sporting challenges in the world.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (1 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408133164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408133163
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 515,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a welcome hand for those building up to their first long-distance event.
--220 Triathlon Magazine, July 15, 2011

The next best thing to having an Ironman champion on speed dial.
--220 Triathlon Magazine, July 15, 2011

A solid introduction for anyone looking to have a go at their first iron distance race. --Triathlete Europe Magazine, July 1, 2011

The book contains a wealth of information that will help steer any triathlete looking to take the step up to longer racing.
--Triathlete Europe Magazine, July 1, 2011

About the Author

Paul Moore is Head of Digital at one of the UK's largest triathlon magazines, Triathlete Europe. He is also a keen triathlete and competes in numerous multisports events around the world. Richard Hoad is a qualified triathlon coach, regular competitor in triathlons of all distances and a sub-10 hour long-distance triathlon finisher.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Triathlon Guide 10 Aug 2011
This book is by far and away the best (and indeed one of the few) guide to embarking on the sport of triathlon that I have come across. I am relatively new to the sport and have just completed my first Ironman in Switzerland this summer. Before this I had only completed a sprint distance tri so had a lot of questions about making the considerable jump to an Ironman.
I'm sure I'm like many other people when I say that triathlon is an expensive sport to say the least and therefore as much as I would like to have a coach to help me with regular advice, the cost is simply not feasible. I can say with the greatest confidence that this book is the perfect substitute; it is now my training bible! I'll try and explain why:

1. It clearly and concisely answers all of the questions that you think are stupid to ask. Everything from what kit you need to the problems that you are likely to encounter (both physically and mentally) during your training and the race itself.

2. It is a step-by-step guide to get you from complete novice to fully fledged Ironman. I particularly like the training schedules that they've included and the guidance on nutrition.

3. It's honest. We all have jobs to go to, families to raise and hair to let down from time to time. The advice acknowledges this, gives practical advice on how to deal with it and reassures you that it's entirely normal for your training to slip here and there.

4. The illustrations and pictures are excellent and make the more technical side of what is written very clear and easy to understand. Little things like seeing how to stretch properly, how a good fitting wetsuit should fit and how to set up your kit in the transition area are all little gems of advice.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked good 2 Jun 2011
By Henning
Love this book. Have spent hours going through all the tips on how best to train, avoid injuries and be smart about nutrition. The authors have really done their home work and I especially like all the illustrations. Two enthusiastic thumbs up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could do better 21 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Disappointed by this book, lacklustre, is best way i can describe, not a bad book but not one to inspire,
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2.0 out of 5 stars On a tangent! 28 Mar 2013
Quoting the book:
"The downside of a TT bike is twofold. The first and move obvious is the cost. Spending 1.5k plus on another bike is a significant investment and one that not everyone will gain large time improvements from. The second limitation is that TT bikes are designed for racing and time trialling. They are not designed for safe group riding or commuting in heavy traffic..."

Not sure what the point was here! Who on earth is going to be buying a tri bike for commuting..? If you're writing a book called "Ultimate Triathalon" then you should be focussing on the scientific sport benefits of buying TT bike (which you did briefly - but detail was lacking), and not placing so much emphasis on the cost; especially when considering that road bikes can be just as expensive as TT bikes?!
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