Triathlons for Women: Training Plans - Equipment Advice - How-To Info

Overview

For over 20 years, Sally Edwards has cheered, prodded, and even pushed hundreds of thousands of women across the finish line of their first triathlon. That's because Sally believes triathlon changes women into healthier, happier people. As spokesperson for the Danskin Women's Triathlon Series and the Trek Women Triathlon Series, Sally has inspired women to take on a new challenge and find a renewed passion for a healthy, active lifestyle.

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Overview

For over 20 years, Sally Edwards has cheered, prodded, and even pushed hundreds of thousands of women across the finish line of their first triathlon. That's because Sally believes triathlon changes women into healthier, happier people. As spokesperson for the Danskin Women's Triathlon Series and the Trek Women Triathlon Series, Sally has inspired women to take on a new challenge and find a renewed passion for a healthy, active lifestyle.

Sally will guide you from the first day of training to race day, with plenty of encouragement along the way. She leaves no question unanswered, from workouts to the transition zone to the most common question of all-what to wear. Triathlons for Women has everything you need to get started:

Begin training with a comprehensive 8-week training plan

Keep your training fun with a wide variety of workouts

Improve your technique with simple drills for swimming, cycling, and running

Follow Sally's commonsense advice for better nutrition

Includes new advice on weight loss for triathletes

Triathlon can lead to a healthier, happier life for you, too. Sally will keep you motivated to realize your personal goals, whether they include getting fit, achieving a desired time, or taking on a longer race. Don't wait another day to get started!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[Triathlons for Women] helps any woman become a triathlete." — USA Triathlon Life magazine

"Sally Edwards is one of the pioneers of the sport. [She] is women’s triathlon!" — Maggie Sullivan, race director of Danskin Women’s Triathlon Series and Trek Women Triathlon Series

"A must-read for beginner and experienced triathletes. I prepared for my first triathlons using Sally Edwards' Triathlons for Women. This new version contains all the latest information on training and exercise science. Repeat triathletes will learn something new, too. I've completed nearly 20 triathlons—and there always something new to learn from Sally Edwards. She's a great inspiration." — BeginnerTriathlete.com

"Triathlons for Women is aimed right at the beginner to intermediate level triathlete. It’s both motivating and informative." — CycleandStyle.com

"A comprehensive book for women triathletes…filled with useful advice and training tips." — Ehow.com

"Triathlons for Women is for women of any age." — Colorado Runner magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934030400
  • Publisher: VeloPress
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition, Revised
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 583,378
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Edwards has played an unparalleled role in the sport of triathlon. In its early days she competed as a professional triathlete with impressive Ironman finishes, winning the Ironman as a masters athlete. She went on to form the sport's governing body, USA Triathlon, and earn a spot in triathlon's hall of fame. Over the past 20 years she has inspired hundreds of thousands of women to complete their first triathlon as the national spokesperson for the Danskin Women's Triathlon Series. She has finished well over 100 Danskin races as the "final finisher," removing the fear of being the last to cross the finish line.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Karen Smyers ix

Foreword Maggie Sullivan xi

Preface to the Fourth Edition xv

Acknowledgments xix

Introduction 1

1 Women as Triathletes 5

2 Get Inspired 21

3 The Fundamentals of Smart Training 29

4 Training Plans 49

5 Basic Moves for Swimming 77

6 Basic Moves for Cycling 95

7 Basic Moves for Running 117

8 The Art of the Transition 131

9 Racing: You Go, Girlfriend! 147

10 Tools of the Triathlon Game 161

11 Eating for Training and Racing 193

12 Weight Loss for Triathletes 213

13 Wellness and Triathlon 235

Epilogue 251

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Excellent Advice Overall, Very Cheerleader-y

    I am still working through this book, training for my first triathlon - so I'm not yet a "success story" using Sally Edwards' advice. However, so far, so good!

    Her advice about selecting equipment and drills for learning the basics of each of the three sports was focused and helpful, with a gradual development of additional knowledge after getting past novice level. A lot of it would be more practical if I had more money to purchase whatever equipment I want (although I think I'd still stick with a road bike over a genuine triathlon bike, if given a choice, since cycling is my primary sport,) but she is very much on top of her game.

    I wasn't approaching this as a raw beginner in cycling or running, but I'd NEVER really swam before (outside of recreational doggy paddling around the lakes near my house, which doesn't translate well to freestyle.) She has lots of pictures of the proper form for freestyle, and gives good advice (train in a second type of stroke, in case something strange happens on race day, get an experience friend or trainer to watch you do laps at first to make sure you don't get into any bad habits, be aware whether your "Olympic size" pool is actually 25 yards rather than 25 meters, etc.) A lot of it, I never would have even thought of, so it's very welcome and useful.

    The training plans she offers are pretty good too - the only caveat is that the "beginner" plans are only 3 workouts a week at first (which is WAY too slow for me) but then the "intermediate"/"advanced" workout sets have swim portions that I find a little too intense right now. Then again, she even has specific training plans in that book for people that are coming from one sport, or that want intense training in a particular sport (for me, again, swimming.)

    The only "downside" (which is probably only a negative for me) is that she spends large portions of the book trying to convince the reader that yes, in fact, they CAN do a triathlon. I could go for a little less cheerleading - but then again, that stuff does have a place, and it makes the book appeal to a broader range of readers. At the beginning, in the most novice of training plans, you just have to be able to make it across the pool a few times, walk/jog a mile, and stay balanced on a bike - and for people that have difficulty with any/all of those, the support and encouragement is also probably just as invaluable as the training plans.

    Overall, definitely recommend this to anyone trying a triathlon for the first time. It's helped me immeasurably, and I'm hoping it'll translate into an excellent first race this July!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2010

    Everyone can learn something

    This is an invaluable book and resource for beginners, intermediates and even seasoned triathletes. It is not just Sally's experience having done more triathlons than most women and men put together but her motivational gift to inspire everyone into action and a belief that they can do anything they set their minds and "hearts" to.

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

    Give Triathlons for Women a "tri" and Finish strong!

    Sally Edwards has been inspiring women to try triathlons for more than two decades. In Triathlons for Women, Sally's down-to-earth approach de-mystifies the sport while she answers questions that range from training techniques and workout plans to transitions and more. Sally's signature voice provides motivation and advice to help any reader get off the couch and get ready for the Start Line.

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

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    What a great resource! 4th Edition is better than ever

    Triathlons for Women is an indispensable tool to learn about the sport of triathlon. It is packed with practical information such as the ABC's of triathlon as well as tips for training, equipment choices, use of heart rate monitors, nutrition and more. I used an earlier edition to get ready for my first triathlon. And then re-read it before each subsequent race and picked up new tips each time. This latest version is better than ever. Sally writes in an entertaining, personal style--you'll feel as if she's talking directly to you. It is a great book for any woman considering doing a triathlon or wanting to improve their triathlon skills.

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