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on 10 October 2011
I bought this book with the specific aim of entering Ironman Wales in September 2011. I had done all other tri distances and struggled through a middle distance in 2010 in 7hr 15mins. I knew I would need a more structured plan to get me through the big one whilst also balancing a professional working and family life. It really did work for me. I commenced the plan in February and stuck religiously to the detail. I did drop the odd session and my swims towards the end were two instead of three a week. I crossed the finish line in 13hrs 35mins of what many are saying is a very tough Ironman course. I wouldn't have done it without this book it is a must for any budding Ironman novice.
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on 15 March 2010
This is Don Fink's 2nd Edition and updated version of the hugely popular Be Ironfit. This has become somewhat of a triathletes 'bible' and is a must not only for anyone considering long distance triathlon training and racing, but also for those who want to achieve a very high level of fitness. Don Fink has managed to document and explain in a very clear way, that achieving the 'Ironman' dream is very doable for the majority of people. His tried and tested principles of training are based around efficient time management and quality training and he documents many examples of 'normal' athletes with full time jobs and families etc that manage to successfully achieve their Ironman goals with his help, without having sacrificed the all important quality family and friends time. I have used other triathlon training books in the past but quickly got confused with the scientific terminology and principles suggested, in this book Don has outlined 30 week training plans for the beginner, intermediate and competitive athlete which makes extremely useful reference.
Overall, an extremely well structured easy to understand book and highly recommended.

A note about the Author:
Don Fink is an internationally known triathlon and running coach, and author. He an his wife Melanie have coached hundreds of athletes to personal best times and breakthrough performances utilizing their innovative training approaches.
In addition to being a coach Don Fink is also an elite athlete. He has raced over 30 Iron Distance triathlons and recorded many age group victories and course records. Don's Time of 9:08 at the 2004 ironman Florida is still one of the fastest times recorded by and athlete in the 45-49 age group. Don has also placed top three overall in the 2002 Ultra man world Championships (6.2mile swim, 262-mile bike, and 52.4 mile run) in Hawaii.
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on 9 February 2011
I bought the book as I've entered my first half ironman in May and full ironman in July and I wanted to know how to train properly for both events.

It's well written and easy for an IM novice like me to understand! The programmes are set out so all you have to do is be disciplined and motivate yourself to follow them. I'm on week 7 of the competitive programme (there are three levels of difficulty to choose from) and so far it's not been too tough but it does get a lot more intense as the weeks pass and it's only a matter of time before training completely takes over my life!

Don Fink covers all the areas I wanted to know about - the section on training in the correct heart rate zones and what to do if you miss a training session were really helpful.

I would recommend this book people who want to take the guesswork out of training and get on with it :)
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on 11 June 2011
Not an overly fussy book, if your looking for something more scientfic and in depth, It does what it says on the tin, it's simple and easy to follow and any one who is training for an IM will appreciate the simplistic aproach this is what you need to do ... do it
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on 19 October 2014
I've got a couple of other training books but this had been recommended. Some sensible advice, though not wildly new compared to other triathlon training books. Also some useful principles - the long run, the long ride.

The down side? Why no 5 stars then? For me (so not wholly the book's fault), some training recommendations just didn't work. My swim speed is too slow to get through even the first swim session except by allowing extra time at the weekend, which was depressing; and trying to go out and train before my partner woke up didn't work for us. Finally I can't quite see how being in the same room as your children / partner while you're on the turbo is actually "spending time with" them in the sense of quality, contact and availability.

In summary, it made me question the level of my available time, ability, motivation and, well, selfishness. I decided I probably didn't have enough. Perhaps my mental attitude is at fault but putting you off is probably not the book's desired outcome!
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on 1 December 2011
I made the mistake of buying Joe Friel's Going Long before someone advised me to have a look at Beironfit. Going long has some good advice but when it comes to the actual programmes and deciding how to work them into day to day life it was over complicated and I was left confused. I am planning my first iron distance event for July 2012. Beironfit gives three different 30 week programmes and it is clear to work out what one you will be able to fit in around other life commitments. The programmes break down each individual workout detailing what zones you need to be working in etc. Highly recommended.
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on 13 December 2011
this book gives good incite into the world of 'Ironman' and some usefull tips on preparing for one. Even though i've swum, run and cycled for years July will be my first 1/2 ironman and pulling the three together is explained well in this book. Hopefully following one of the easier 3 training regimes in this book will get me past the half and i can then pick a harder regime for the full in 2013. i think if you're new to the triathlon sport or to ironman distances, this will definately come in usefull and wont break the bank...
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on 23 December 2012
I am naturally sceptical about training guides, as what works for one does not necessarily work for another. However this guide is 100% ego-free and builds things up steadily. It is wholly realistic to the demands on 'normal' peoples time (work, wife, hisband, kids, social life, etc) and offers a range of practical solutions, tips and advice. It includes tips from other non-professional athletes whonhave lived through it

Each section is also in bite size chunks, so you can decide which bits best apply to you and your lifestyle. Most importantly it teaches you how to add structure and efficiency to the training you are already doing, so you get the most out of it and the Ironman leap feels realistic and achievable. This includes three different 30 week planners to choose from depending on your goals, time constraints, current fitness, and so on.
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on 9 July 2012
I've completed two Ironman to date, and am hoping to make improvements for my next outing. Mr. Fink's approach came to my attention as two of my clubmates were following it for our last outing in Regensburg. They both passed me on the marathon. So I bought the book!

The tone of the book is uber-positive (a bit too much for an Irish bloke, if I'm honest), but the program itself is detailed and easy to follow at whichever level you choose. The program isn't the most exciting or varied, but there's no doubt that it gets the job done. Having each day's workout mapped out in advance makes it a lot easier to plan and prepare for your training, and having it written down in front of you motivates you to go ahead and get off that couch.

A good buy for anyone aiming at Iron distance.
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on 11 March 2015
Pros - extremely informative and provides some excellent tips and tricks to help you through the race. I will certainly be trying out some of the recommendations within the book.

Cons - Probably not cons really, however its very... American!? (many of the races and classes are American and at points its written in an extremely upbeat way), also Mr Fink clearly must have a cook, cleaner, mechanic etc as part of his team as no matter how hard you try to stick to his timetables it is a major time push.

Overall - Certainly worth a tenner of anyones money
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