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The Triathlete's Training Bible
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on 5 August 2014
An amazing read that has guided me through my first two years of triathlon. I still use it annually when I plan my training. I strongly recommend this book if you want to self coach to compete.
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on 17 August 2015
Very well written and easy to understand. Had made me realise I was training too hard! Includes real world examples of people who have to fit training around work and family.
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on 27 April 2013
Every Triathlete has needs and wants, the Joe Freil Triathlete Training Bible is a definite Need to have if you want to succeed in the world of Triathlon.
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on 4 August 2010
Having completed IMUK and IM France both in 12+ hours I really wanted to try and get a sub 12 hour time. I got this book for christmas and intended to start my training in the new year, 7 months before my next race. I agree with others who found it unfocused and wordy. When I first read it I should have had a pencil with me as I had to read it twice more as there was so much to take note of. By the time I'd figured it all out and constructed a training programme a month had passed. I found some of it difficult to work into the shifts I do at work, something that surely should be in a book entitled 'bible'. To be fair there is a lot of good stuff in there but I would have preferred a set plan in easy to follow stages. The author does state that he does not give set plans because each person is different. True but are we that different that a general plan couldn't be given to be tweaked by the individual. After constructing my plan I wasn't sure that I'd got it right. Another worry was the authors comments on missing training. He states that if you miss more than a few days then you might want to consider not doing the race. What! Who doesn't pick up the odd injury/cold/stomach bug etc in six months. Trying to stick as rigidly to my plan as recommended actually caused me to feel really low at one point as I had a calf injury for a month and later a cold for 10 days. He also mentions his website where he will be your personal coach. Of course this is very costly but why would you need to do this if you have 'The Bible'. All in all this book is worth a read and it will get you through an Ironman but I don't like it. There are lots of positive comments about this book so maybe it's just me. Because of this I would recommend trying to get hold of a second hand copy.
Oh, and my time for IMUK 2010 - 12hrs 55mins. Obviously the plan I produced from this book didn't work so I'll have to try again I suppose.
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on 8 October 2014
Joe Friel stretches all the areas of mulitsport AND the book can also be read if you're in to training - weights fx - in general. Buy it!
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on 7 October 2014
Lots of interesting information, tables and charts for your training plan.
I believe that using training peaks will definitely help.
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on 14 March 2013
Container everything You need to make your training program. It is easily read and at the se time it covers "every" aspect of the sport
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on 14 June 2013
Good book, quite detailed although you can take out of it what you need to help you with your training
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on 7 March 2013
As I am in my first year of training the Tri bible has given me plenty of hints and helpful advice.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2010
There is lots of information in this book and there is something for everyone. But it is very wordy, unfocused and repetitive. And there is plenty missing too. I don't think that it is that good a book and have lots of unanswered questions after reading it - and that is after having completed only 1 triathlon. It might be the best book, but it isn't very good. I suspect that it is trying to appeal to too broad a range of readers.
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