Deirdre Pitney is a freelance writer who writes articles on women's issues, fitness, and wellness, and is actively training for a triathlon. Donna Dourney has completed a Half-Iron and full Ironman Triathlon and has served as a personal trainer for clients, tri clubs, and first-time athletes.
Triathlon Training For Dummiesby Deirdre Pitney, Donna Dourney
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Shaping up for a triathlon is serious business. Triathlon Training For Dummies is packed with insider tips and proven methods for training for a triathlon and pumping yourself into the best possible shape by race day. It helps you find the motivation you need to stick to your program, eat better to maximize your energy, and prevent injures both before and during the race.
This authoritative guide helps you evaluate your cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility, and to set manageable realistic training goals. You’ll learn how to establish a workout schedule, choose a target finish time get the right, affordable equipment you’ll need for each leg of the race, and maximize your fitness and form for swimming, biking, and running. You’ll also get plenty of help in putting it all together as you focus your training, add dual workouts, become a quick-change artist, and save time during transitions. Discover how to:
- Choose an event to train for based on your fitness level
- Get into your best possible shape
- Select the right equipment and sportswear
- Train for an Olympic, Sprint, or Ironman triathlon
- Fuel your body and prevent injuries
- Prepare for training sessions
- Maintain energy and recover quickly
- Set training schedules for every triathlon event
- Treat common training and racing injuries
- Live like an athlete
Triathlon Training For Dummies comes complete with resources for finding triathlons near you, lists of items to bring along on race day, and tips on registration formalities and racing etiquette.
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First off, I do not have the nook version of this book but I do have the print version. I used this book and its twelve week program to do my first sprint tri two years ago and then I did a second one three weeks later! Used the Olympic program on year two and did a few sprints and two Olys. The book has programs for everything from sprint to full iron races. It even has a run/walk program to build up your run before starting tri training. It has a very nice breakdown of each leg as well as transitions. Lots of info on which equipment is needed and which is nice but not necessary. Strength training and stretching section. Lots of motivational tips to keep you going. Honestly, if you are thinking of giving triathlons a go, YOU CANNOT GO WRONG WITH THIS BOOK!!!
I have enjoyed using the Nook for my training for the Columbus Day Sprint Triathlon on Jekyll Island, GA. It compares with all the other Triathlon training books I have read. This is the one I choose to own because of its simple, straight forward instructions and plans at the back of the book for all the different length triathlons. If you're a beginner and deciding where to begin then you can't go wrong with this book! See you at an Ironman in the next couple of years!