The Triathlete's Training Bible

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The Triathlete’s Training Bible is the bestselling and most comprehensive reference available to triathletes.

Based on Joe Friel’s proven, science-based methodology and his 28 years of coaching experience, The Triathlete’s Training Bible has equipped hundreds of thousands of triathletes for success in the sport. The Triathlete's Training Bible equips triathletes of all abilities with every detail they must consider when planning a season, ...

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Overview

The Triathlete’s Training Bible is the bestselling and most comprehensive reference available to triathletes.

Based on Joe Friel’s proven, science-based methodology and his 28 years of coaching experience, The Triathlete’s Training Bible has equipped hundreds of thousands of triathletes for success in the sport. The Triathlete's Training Bible equips triathletes of all abilities with every detail they must consider when planning a season, lining up a week of workouts, or preparing for race day.

With this new edition, you will develop your own personalized training plan and learn how to:

  • improve economy in swimming, cycling, and running
  • balance intensity and volume
  • gain maximum fitness through smart recovery
  • make up for missed workouts and avoid overtraining
  • adapt your training plan based on your progress
  • build muscular endurance with a new approach to strength training
  • improve body composition with smarter nutrition

The Triathlete’s Training Bible is the best-selling book on tri training ever published. Get stronger, smarter, and faster with this newest version of the bible of the sport.

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Editorial Reviews

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“25 years of active multisport coaching has proven that Joe Friel has an unprecedented understanding of endurance sports. As a multiple triathlon world champion, I would consider Joe as one of the leading figures in triathlon coaching today. Joe’s professional approach and practical understanding of sports physiology has helped many endurance athletes of all abilities reach their full athletic potential.” —Simon Lessing, 5-time Triathlon World Champion

The Triathlete’s Training Bible is a fantastic guide. You can't go wrong using the advice in this book.” — Scott "The Terminator" Molina, triathlon's winningest pro

“As an athlete with the unique ability to race multiple Ironman races every season, I have always been trouble for any triathlon coach. To coach myself successfully, I needed a reliable and strong tool. I searched all sources carefully until I found the one—The Triathlete’s Training Bible by Joe Friel. Whatever my problem, there is always a solution in this book. This book makes my understanding of training, racing, and recovering more complete with every page.” — Petr Vabrousek, professional triathlete

“As a triathlon coach, 2004 Olympian, and former top-ranked triathlete in the world, I’ve used The Triathlete’s Training Bible as one of my key references. Joe Friel’s training books have made the once “crazy” sport of triathlon accessible to the public while also guiding seasoned athletes to their full potential.” — Barb Lindquist

The Triathlete’s Training Bible is an invaluable tool for every triathlete looking to improve.” — Clas Bjorling, professional triathlete

"The Triathlete's Training Bible is a 'must read' for both athletes and coaches…It captures the essence of multisport training by outlining both the science and the art of the sport in a detailed, yet practical format. It is one of the most valuable resources I have on my bookshelf." —Libby Burrell, USA Triathlon National Program Director

“Joe Friel has spent most of his life in devotion to the understanding and teaching of sport. Joe has managed to focus on the key components to athletic success while weeding out the noise. This book will play a substantial role in helping you take the next step as a triathlete.” — Justin Daerr, professional triathlete

“Whether you’re a beginning triathlete or a seasoned pro, Joe Friel is the leading authority on triathlon training.” —Ryan Bolton, Ironman winner & 2000 USA Olympic Team

“Joe Friel’s wealth of knowledge in triathlon is astounding and he has a wonderful way of sharing that knowledge with all athletes from beginners to elite professionals." —Siri Lindley, Triathlon World Champion

“Joe Friel is among the deans of triathlon coaching and the newest edition of The Triathlete’s Training Bible will be of great benefit to all triathletes interested in performance improvement.“ — George M. Dallam, Ph.D., former USA Triathlon National Teams Coach, co-author of Championship Triathlon Training

"The Triathlete's Training Bible combines scientific research with the experience of a top endurance coach to provide the best training resource book available." —Gale Bernhardt, 2004 Team USA Olympic Triathlon Head Coach

“Joe Friel is constantly enhancing his education in the sport. In his books, Joe uses the information of the athletes he personally trains, the coaches who confide in him, and the large amounts of research he digests from triathlon and other enduranc

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934030196
  • Publisher: VeloPress
  • Publication date: 2/17/2009
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 386
  • Sales rank: 160,153
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Friel is the best-selling author of The Triathlete’s Training Bible, The Cyclist's Training Bible, Going Long, Your Best Triathlon, and Your First Triathlon. His TrainingBible Coaching franchise is one of the most successful and respected in endurance sports. Joe has trained endurance athletes since 1980, including national champions, world championship contenders, and Olympic athletes in triathlon, duathlon, road cycling, and mountain biking. He is an elite-certified USA Triathlon and USA Cycling Coach and holds a master’s degree in exercise science. He conducts training and racing seminars around the world 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; TrainingPeaks, a web based software company; and TrainingBible Coaching.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Wesley Hobson
Preface to the Third Edition
Acknowledgments

Part I The Self-Trained Triathlete

Chapter 1: Smart Training
Systematic Training
Philosophy of Training
Consistent Training
Training Lessons

Chapter 2: Attitude
Mission
Commitment
Mental Toughness

Part II From Lab to Real World

Chapter 3: The Science of Training
Training Stress
Principles of Training
Peaking
Periodization

Chapter 4: Intensity
Fighting the Causes of Fatigue
Understanding Intensity
Measuring Intensity
Training Time by Intensity Zone
Measuring Fitness

Part III Training with a Purpose

Chapter 5: Assessing Fitness
Personal Profile
Medical Evaluation
Lab Testing
Performance Testing
Understanding Test Results
Assessment

Chapter 6: Building Fitness
Limiters
Training Basic Abilities
Training Advanced Abilities
Limiters and Racing
Final Assessment

Part IV Planning

Chapter 7: Planning a Year
The Annual Training Plan
Changing the Annual Training Plan

Chapter 8: Planning a Week
Completing Your Season Design
Weekly Training Routines
Risk Analysis
Timing Workouts
One Workout or Two?
Combined Workouts

Chapter 9: Planning to Race
Sprint-Distance Triathlon
Olympic-Distance Duathlon
Olympic-Distance Triathlon
Half-Ironman-Distance Triathlon
Ironman-Distance Triathlon
Case Studies Summary

Part V Racing and Recovery

Chapter 10: Racing
The Race Plan
Race Week
Race Day

Chapter 11: Recovery
The Secret of Recovery
Recovery-Related Problems
Recovery Timing and Technique

Part VI The Competitive Edge

Chapter 12: Skills
Economy
Swimming Skills
Cycling Skills
Running Skills

Chapter 13: Muscles
Supplemental Functional Exercise
Strength
Phases and Periodization
Determining Load
Other Considerations
Strength Exercises
Complex Training
Stretching
Stretching Exercises

Chapter 14: Unique Needs
Women
Masters
Juniors
Novices
Elite Athletes

Chapter 15: The Training Diary
What to Record
Planning with a Diary
Using a Diary for Analysis

Chapter 16: Fuel
Food as Fuel
Diet and Performance
Body Weight Management
Periodization of Diet
Fueling the Ironman
Antioxidant Supplements
Ergogenic Aids

Epilogue
Appendix A: Annual Training Plan Template
Appendix B: Swim Workouts
Appendix C: Bike Workouts
Appendix D: Run Workouts
Appendix E: Combined Workouts
Appendix F: Race Evaluation Form, Diary Pages
Glossary
References and Recommended Reading
Index
About the Author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2009

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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.

    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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