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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Best. Period.

    In my opinion, the goal of this book is to give people who want to compete in triathalons a scientific, self-coached training plan. Does it deliver? Absolutely. The book accomplishes this through six, cleanly divided parts.

    Part one, "The self-trained triathlete" is concerned with the "philosophical" basis for methodical training. It deals with things such as attitide and commitment, which are as important to me as the physical training.

    Part two, "From lab to real world" talks about the scientific foundation of training and goes into the science and priciples of training (i.e. progressive resistance, periodization, etc.).

    Part three, "Training with a purpose" seems to pull together parts one and two in which a system of purposeful training is described. This part will help the reader to determine exactly what their training needs are and the best ways to address them.

    Part four, simply titled "Planning" is really the heart of the book. Here the book helps you design your own training plan for a season, week by week.

    Part five, "Racing and recovering" takes you through the many details of preparing to race and recovering after. In other words, it gives you info on what to do before and after the actual race. This information is essential as many athletes neglect to recover properly before starting training again for the next race.

    Part six, "The competative edge" talks about other supplemental aspects of training that can contribute to peak performance. Here the book covers things such as swimming tips, weight training ex's, eating tips, keeping a training diary, etc. I like to think of this chapter as a kind of "tie up the loose ends" section.

    Truly a book that lives up to its name, I can't see many readers coming away from this book without picking up much useful information- from the beginner to the experienced. Athletes with foot pain that interferes with their training might also find "The 5-Minute Plantar Fasciitis Solution" helpful too. Happy training!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2008

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    The best. Period.

    In my opinion, the goal of this book is to give people who want to compete in triathalons a scientific, self-coached training plan. Does it deliver? Absolutely. The book accomplishes this through six, cleanly divided parts. <BR/><BR/>Part one, "The self-trained triathlete" is concerned with the "philosophical" basis for methodical training. It deals with things such as attitide and commitment, which are as important to me as the physical training. <BR/><BR/>Part two, "From lab to real world" talks about the scientific foundation of training and goes into the science and priciples of training (i.e. progressive resistance, periodization, etc.). <BR/><BR/>Part three, "Training with a purpose" seems to pull together parts one and two in which a system of purposeful training is described. This part will help the reader to determine exactly what their training needs are and the best ways to address them. <BR/><BR/>Part four, simply titled "Planning" is really the heart of the book. Here the book helps you design your own training plan for a season, week by week. <BR/><BR/>Part five, "Racing and recovering" takes you through the many details of preparing to race and recovering after. In other words, it gives you info on what to do before and after the actual race. This information is essential as many athletes neglect to recover properly before starting training again for the next race. <BR/><BR/>Part six, "The competative edge" talks about other supplemental aspects of training that can contribute to peak performance. Here the book covers things such as swimming tips, weight training ex's, eating tips, keeping a training diary, etc. I like to think of this chapter as a kind of "tie up the loose ends" section. <BR/><BR/>Truly a book that lives up to its name, I can't see many readers coming away from this book without picking up much useful information- from the beginner to the experienced. Athletes who have shoulder trouble that interferes with their training might also find Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff helpful too. Happy training!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2012

    This book was a waste of my time and money. I wouldn't recommend

    This book was a waste of my time and money. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone...novice or veteran triathletes. I would recommend...anything other than this book!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Very Helpful

    I got a lot of new pointers and knowledge through reading this book. However, I wish there was more information about swimming and technique. It would be nice to have more about bike positioning as well.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2008

    The best. Period.

    In my opinion, the goal of this book is to give people who want to compete in triathalons a scientific, self-coached training plan. Does it deliver? Absolutely. The book accomplishes this through six, cleanly divided parts...... Part one, 'The self-trained triathlete' is concerned with the 'philosophical' basis for methodical training. It deals with things such as attitide and commitment, which are as important to me as the physical training...... Part two, 'From lab to real world' talks about the scientific foundation of training and goes into the science and priciples of training 'i.e. progressive resistance, periodization, etc.'...... Part three, 'Training with a purpose' seems to pull together parts one and two in which a system of purposeful training is described. This part will help the reader to determine exactly what their training needs are and the best ways to address them...... Part four, simply titled 'Planning' is really the heart of the book. Here the book helps you design your own training plan for a season, week by week...... Part five, 'Racing and recovering' takes you through the many details of preparing to race and recovering after. In other words, it gives you info on what to do before and after the actual race. This information is essential as many athletes neglect to recover properly before starting training again for the next race...... Part six, 'The competative edge' talks about other supplemental aspects of training that can contribute to peak performance. Here the book covers things such as swimming tips, weight training ex's, eating tips, keeping a training diary, etc. I like to think of this chapter as a kind of 'tie up the loose ends' section...... Truly a book that lives up to its name, I can't see many readers coming away from this book without picking up much useful information- from the beginner to the experienced. Happy training!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2007

    A reviewer

    Triathlons are a demanding yet rewarding sport. Friel takes the guesswork out of planning, preparing and racing in any length of triathlon/duathlon. If you can make time to train, you can make time to read the book and develop a plan of attack for the season to keep you focused. Great book, understandable and comprehensive!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2003

    Delivers Results

    After completing a couple of triathlons and working out many hours a week for almost a year, improvement just didn't seem to compare to my level of effort. This book has really helped improve my speed and make my workouts more consistent on a long-term basis. It is a bit complicated, however. Help from a more experienced athlete was very helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2000

    If you only purchase 1 book; make this the one.

    This is the ultimate in triathlon training reference. The breadth of the knowledge and tips shared in this book are second to none. Fairly technical, but easy to understand. If you are looking to train yourself, this is the place to start.

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