A veritable “triathlon bible,” this book covers everything that anyone—from beginner to expert—would want to know about competing in the phenomenally popular swimming, bicycling, and running races.
In one handy, easily referenced guide, Triathlete Magazine's Complete Triathlon Book offers the best advice, stories, and tips from the top coaches and athletes who have contributed to the magazine over the years. Appealing to both novices and the most seasoned athlete, the book strikes a balance between technical depth and beginner- friendliness by getting right down to the guidelines that all triathletes can use. In addition, the book offers advice for the various categories of triathletes: beginners, veterans, short-course specialists, Ironman specialists, and others. Bearing the name of the most popular source for information on the sport, this book is sure to become a classic among triathlon enthusiasts.
For those ambitious enough to voluntarily agree to swim, bike and run their way through a triathlon, Triathlete contributor Fitzgerald proposes this impressive, wide-ranging guide. Triathlon training is fairly standardized, says the author, with established principles and proven methods. Among the rules are"train for endurance" (even the shortest triathlons take at least an hour for the fastest athletes to compete),"train specifically" (compartmentalize to become efficient) and"rest and recover sufficiently" (after a body system's been overloaded, it needs to return to a state of balance). Fitzgerald follows these conventions with chapters on equipment, including hydrodynamic swimsuits and road bikes with clip-on aerobars; swim training, with in-depth explanations of freestyle techniques; maintaining a healthy lifestyle, describing various stretches and how to deal with injuries; and more. He even discusses mental training, reminding readers to keep a playful attitude. They'll need it, especially in the grueling final stretches.