The Triathlete's Training Bible

The Triathlete's Training Bible

by Joe Friel

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934030196
Publisher: VeloPress
Publication date: 02/17/2009
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 386
Sales rank: 1,164,176
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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.

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 ofTraining

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 andRacing

Final Assessment

Part IV Planning

Chapter 7: Planning a Year

The Annual Training Plan

Changing the Annual Training Plan

Chapter 8: Planning a Week

CompletingYour Season Design

Weekly Training Routines

Risk Analysis

Timing Workouts

One Workout or Two?

Combined Workouts

Chapter 9: Planning to Race

Sprint-DistanceTriathlon

Olympic-Distance Duathlon

Olympic-Distance Triathlon

Half-Ironman-Distance Triathlon

Ironman-Distance Triathlon

Case Studies Summary

Part V RacingandRecovery

Chapter 10: Racing

The Race Plan

Race Week

Race Day

Chapter 11: Recovery

The Secret of Recovery

Recovery-Related Problems

Recovery Timing andTechnique

Part VI The Competitive Edge

Chapter 12: Skills

Economy

Swimming Skills

Cycling Skills

Running Skills

Chapter 13: Muscles

Supplemental FunctionalExercise

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 aDiary 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

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 who have shoulder trouble that interferes with their training might also find Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff helpful too. Happy training!
SCycle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lots of information to digest in this book. It is very helpful to have if you are using Training Peaks Software.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
anngie22 More than 1 year ago
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.
BaronMunchausen More than 1 year ago
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!