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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress (15 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931382859
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931382854
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.5 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Any new triathlete would greatly benefit from this book, and if you were to buy just one book for your first triathlon, this would be the one!" -- TriNewbies.com"Joe takes the fear out of doing a first triathlon." -- Barb Lindquist, 2004 USA Olympic Team"If you are looking to get off to a great start in this sport, you have come to the right place!" -- Siri Lindley, Triathlon World Champion"Whether you're a beginning triathlete or a seasoned pro, Joe Friel is the utmost authority on triathlon training." -- Ryan Bolton, 2000 USA Olympic Team

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Joe Friel's Training Bible Coaching company is one of the most respected and successful in endurance sports. Joe has been training endurance athletes since 1980, including national champions, world championship contenders, and Olympic athletes in road cycling, mountain biking, triathlon, and duathlon. Joe is an elite certified USA Triathlon and USA Cycling Coach and holds a master's degree in exercise science. Joe's writing has appeared in dozens of national and international magazines, newspapers, and websites. Joe conducts training and racing seminars around the world and online and provides consulting services for corporations in the fitness industry. He has also been active in business as the founder of Ultrafit, an association of coaching businesses, Training Peaks, a web-based software company, and Training Bible Coaching. More information on Joe is available at TrainingBible.com and at his blog.

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By JulieGirl on 30 Nov. 2006
Format: Paperback
Having completed my first 2 sprints this year - I can vouch for the fact that this stuff really works! Don't be put off by the mistake in the synopsis above - you don't need to train 5 hours a day to do a sprint. 5 hours a week is plenty plenty! Happy Training.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By didds on 27 July 2008
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Having spent a fair bit of time recently researching for my upcoming first Triathlon, if I were to be very hard it would be true to say that there is nothing in Joe's book that isn't already available on the web for free, somewhere. Triathlon for beginners stuff does abound, kit suggestions and explanations are plentiful, and there are more training plans than you could shake a pointy stick at out there too... and all for free. If you are also somebody - as previously suggested - that has a background in general fitness maybe the training plans aren't quite for you as they concentrate (fairly enough given the remit of this book) at those that have little to start with. It will really benefit those that don't have any great fitness base to start with (better than couch potato maybe, but certainly not anyone that is already running 5Ks or peel off 1K in the pool on the way home from the office etc).

However, this isn't to suggest that Joe's book is worthless - far from it. It provides a comprehensive one stop shop on where to start, quickly debunks many triathlon myths (e.g. triathlons are all ironman distances or require budgets of 1000s) and is full of motivational snippets that do leave the reader with the feeling that they WILL complete their first triathlon. The nutrition chapter is worth the book alone for beginners, as also previously stated.

If you are considering your first triathlon, aren't already on any endurance based exercise program and need somewhere to start your research you can't go wrong.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles G. on 31 May 2009
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I bought this book a few month's back but left the review until I had done my first race, which was today.It may be written by an Amercian but the info is pretty universal, and very useful. With what I learned from reading this I saved myself a lot of time in the transition stages, simply by having the right kit in the right place. One thing that did go wrong on the day was my bike racking marker. joe recommends using a ribbon or ballon to show where your bike is parked. I tied a bright red t shirt round the racking to mark my spot. Unfortunately someone removed it and wasted me a good 20 seconds as I searched franticly for my place. I didn't make full use of the book, but even if you don't either it is worth getting just for the insight into what to expect on race day. I'm already looking forward to doing my next race, especially as Joe is right about something else too - triathletes are generally a friendly bunch, and no one will ever criticise you because they happen to be better than you are.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Roscoe on 2 Aug. 2007
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Joe's book has some excellent passages to motivate the reader and dispells many of the myths and fears surrounding this growing sport. The tips of each aspect of triathlon are useful and his section on nutrition is superb. I would recommend this book to anyone just starting out in endurance training, or looking for inspirational cues to spur them on. If you already have experience of distance running, cycling or swimming, then perhaps it's not for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James on 29 May 2010
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There is some good info in this book and it gives you a reasonable view of what you need for your first triathlon - I found the checklist of stuff and the transition descriptions really useful for example. But it is very repetitive and patronizing in parts. Could have been half the length. It is also VERY light on technique giving you only a few basic tips - I needed a lot more research to even get the basics on how to swim.

You won't go wrong in buying this book, but if there isn't a better book then there should be.
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It hasn't been easy to decide whether to give this book three or four stars - the problem being that I'm not really the right reader for this well-written book, and I find it hard to imagine who would be.

When the author titled the book "Your First Triathlon", he wasn't joking. He probably could have added a subtitle: "And the first time you've ever done a race of any kind since school". The advice takes nothing for granted: it doesn't quite tell you what a bike is, but nearly.

A few examples:
The bike chapter tells you about cycling clothing, how to fix a puncture. The swimming chapter mentions swimming pool etiquette and goggle choice. There's a bit of information on running injuries, heart rate zones, nutrition and so on. The workouts max out at 60-75 minutes running, 2 hours for cycling.

So why have I given it four stars? It wouldn't be fair not to, really - the writing's never tiring, the information is clearly set out, and it covers all the basics a complete beginner to sport needs to know to finish a sprint triathlon. Sadly for my wallet, I've done a fair amount of 10km road races, long distance bike races, and should have gone for Friel's triathlon bible instead.
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