Triathlon: Achieving Your Personal Best

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Scott Wilkens
Dedicated triathletes, provided they are also dedicated readers, will find much of value in this extremely detailed guide to what is perhaps the world's most demanding sport. The author begins with a glossary of scientific and physiological terms used in the book: consider it a harbinger of what is to come. The next six chapters offer an exhaustive look at swimming, cycling, and running, the three elements of the triathlon. Only the committed will survive the author's lectures on such arcane topics as the hand's angle of entry in swimming or the appropriate crank length in cycling. More general information follows on training techniques and psychology. Despite the density of information, the book is clearly written and features useful outlines at the beginning of each chapter detailing what is to follow. Recommended for sports collections serving triathletes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816029488
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.77 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 5
Acknowledgments 6
Introduction 9
Ch. 1 General Physiology 12
Ch. 2 The Biomechanics of Swimming 28
Ch. 3 Physiological Considerations in Swimming 49
Ch. 4 The Biomechanics of Cycling 71
Ch. 5 Physiological Considerations in Cycling 95
Ch. 6 The Biomechanics of Running 114
Ch. 7 Physiological Considerations in Running 118
Ch. 8 Fuelling Your Body 131
Ch. 9 Psychology: Mind Matters 166
Ch. 10 Medical Considerations in Triathlon 212
Ch. 11 Putting It All Together 238
Appendix A: Resistance Training 260
Appendix B: Stretching and Flexibility for Triathlon 264
Appendix C: Heart Rate Monitoring 270
Appendix D: Heat Acclimatization and Altitude Training 272
Appendix E: Special Consideration Groups 278
About the Authors 285
Index 289
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2000

    Your Personal Best is here

    This book is the most comprehensive Triathalon training manual I have read. It covers every imaginable topic from bicycle fit to hand placement during the various phases of the swimming stroke. It has a vast background section with a glossary of terms, biomechanics, nutrituion, etc. It presents individual sport specific training outlines and an integrated training outline. If you are thinking about trying the tri or already are, this book will be a valuable tool.

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