Shave time off your best performance and get in shape to compete! Starting with a base-building program, Triathlon Training prepares you with technique instruction and training drills to progress to a choice of six race-specific programs for different levels of competition. You are guaranteed to enhance the quality of your triathlon workouts.
No matter what distances you’re training for, Triathlon Training offers expert guidance for improving your racing from start to finish. Triathlon Training contains six race-specific programs—two for sprint distances, two for Olympic distances, one for the half Ironman, and one for the Ironman. The sprint and Olympic programs include target race times to help you choose the best program for yourself, based on your ability level. It also details a 12-week, step-by-step, base-building program that you can use to work up to racing distances.
The instruction, time management tips, and drills in Triathlon Training will help you make the most effective use of each training day. Insights from athletes’ profiles and information on nutrition, supplements, and equipment offer additional ways to maximize training as you prepare for competition. The book examines the most common triathlon injuries, offers advice on preventing those injuries, and details how to treat and recover from them, should they occur.
A full-color book with more than 200 photos, Triathlon Training was developed in consultation with USA Triathlon and the British Triathlon Association. Whether you are considering your first triathlon or are committing yourself to Ironman competition, this book will help put you on the path to a successful finish.
Foreword by Scott Tinley
Origins of triathlon; Ironman and its first stars; demystifying
the jargon; basic principles of training
Get the right gear
Latest gear for all three disciplines; setup and getting the most from your bike; improving your times with aero gizmos
Swim, cycle, run
Gym strength routine; techniques, drills and top tips for each
discipline; active stretch routine; handling transitions
Tackling your training
Mind power; heart-rate monitors; logbooks; solid training build-up;
6 day-to-day training programmes from Sprint Distance to Ironman
Nutrition in triathlon
The triathlete’s diet; pre- and post-race recovery; carbo-loading;
healthy eating; supplementation
Check list; detailed advice on how to handle each leg; tips for
Aches and pains
Recognizing overtraining; common injuries for each discipline
and how to treat them
The world’s great races
5 of the world’s most memorable triathlon events
Michael Finch has been involved in the sport of triathlon for more than 10 years, both as a participant and as a journalist. He has completed more than 50 triathlons in his career, including two South African Ironman competitions. Finch began to cover triathlons as a sport journalist for the South African Press Association and later worked for a cycling magazine. Today he is an editor for Runner's World South Africa, where he is a major contributor to the magazine's triathlon content.
“Triathlon Training is a terrific resource. It provides excellent coverage of technique, training, and injury advice. And the programs are straight from the experts—you'll improve your time no matter what distance you want to race.”
Tim Yount Deputy director, USA Triathlon
From Running.about.com “The thing I like the most about this book by Michael Finch are the short biographical sketches throughout. Oh yes, training schedules, tri-gear and training techniques all have their part in as comprehensive a work as this. However, the knowledge, inspiration and guidance we can all gain from reading about the greats in the sport are, to me, more valuable than all the training schedules in the world.”
From RunnersWeb.com “Triathlon Training offers expert guidance for improving your racing from start to finish.”
From Rocky Mountain Sports “A great resource whether you're new to the sport or looking to notch your racing up a level.”