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FASTER: Demystifying the Science of Triathlon Speed [Format Kindle]

Jim Gourley

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Présentation de l'éditeur

Triathlon is among the world's most gear-intensive sports. The gear you select and how you use it can mean big results--or bigger disappointment.

FASTER takes a scientific look at triathlon to see what truly makes you faster--and busts the myths and doublespeak that waste your money and race times. In this fascinating exploration of the forces at play in the swim-bike-run sport, astronautical engineer and triathlete Jim Gourley shows where to find free speed, speed on a budget, and the gear upgrades that are worth it.

FASTER offers specific, science-based guidance on the fastest techniques and the most effective gear, answering questions like:

  • Which wetsuit is best for me?
  • What's the best way to draft a swimmer?
  • Should I buy a lighter bike?
  • Deep dish or disc wheels?
  • Are lighter shoes faster?
  • Who's right about running technique?

Gourley reviews published studies in peer-reviewed journals to show what scientists have learned about swim drafting, pacing the bike leg, race strategy for short and long-course racing, and the fastest ways to handle transitions.

FASTER will change how you think about your body, your gear, and the world around you. With science on your side, you'll make the smart calls that will make you a better, faster triathlete.

Biographie de l'auteur

Jim Gourley is a teacher, a writer and yes, a rocket scientist. His articles on the science and technology of triathlon and cycling have been widely published in Triathlete, Inside Triathlon, LAVA, Peloton, and Bicycle Times magazines.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 6779 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 197 pages
  • Editeur : VeloPress (13 septembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1937716449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937716448
  • ASIN: B00G4EA3GM
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book of common sense for Triathletes 24 février 2014
Par cvu777 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I used all of the author's recommendations for my 2014 Eagleman 70.3 Ironman race. I have updated my review since each theory was tested. I hope this update helps you to race faster and save money. The author provides lots of physics and explanations on Force, Momentum, Acceleration, Drag, Gravity, Yaw, Aerodynamics and Wind Tunnel testing. His theories are so practical they border on common sense. Here's the summary of this great book: 1) Lose weight! Don't buy a Cervelo P5 when the difference between the P2 is about 3lbs. Save the money and lose 15 to 20lbs. Losing weight will make you more efficient in the pool. You will feel great on the run & on the bike. It will also keep you from overheating as fast as fat athletes. Force = mass x acceleration. If you lose mass (15 to 20 lbs), and your force is the same, you will have faster acceleration. After I lost 25 pounds over two years, my run speed increased from a 12 minute per mile to a 10 minute per mile. Look to the pros for motivation: Sebastian Kienle - 161 lbs, Jan Frodeno - 165 lbs, Frederik Van Lierde - 163 lbs and Craig Alexander - 150 lbs. They are thin and they win! 2) Buy tires with low rolling resistance. My continental gatorskins have 2x the rolling resistance of the Continental GP 4000s. I purchased the GP 4000s and I currently use my old tires on my bike trainer. 3) Work on your swim and run techniques. Go to a Masters Program and a good running program. Training with a Masters and running group really helped me when I did not feel like working out. 4) Buy a Power Meter. After my 70.3, I purchased a Stages Power meter and I highly recommend this purchase. The power meter measures your power and cadence. Its unfortunate that I'm only able to generate only 130W on my rides. I hope to get it to 175 to 200 Watts in 6 months when I race in the 2015 Eagleman 70.3 in Salisbury, MD. 5) Rent your Zipp Wheels; don't buy them unless your power meter is 250 Watts or above and you completed Step 1. For $180, I did rent Zipp Firecrest 404 wheels for my 2014 Eagleman 70.3. I was 1.5 mph faster and shaved 18 minutes off my 56 mile bike with the 404 wheels which was pretty sweet; Free speed with no additional effort! However, since I only will race maybe one to two IM races per year, I cannot justify paying over $2000 for a set of zipps. It would take 10 years to recoup the price and they will have updated the technology by then. I'll probably rent a set of Firecrest 808 wheels for the 2015 Eagleman. 6) Get a proper bike fit - The Retul method is pricey but better than FIST fittings. I went and paid $$ to get this done. It was worth the money. I also purchased an ISM Adamo saddle to make my rides more comfortable. His other tips are great so buy this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 ACSM Certified Personal Trainer 8 octobre 2013
Par Candace Chiapusio - Publié sur Amazon.com
Any triathlete or anyone thinking of becoming a triathlete has heard the phrase, " if you want to go faster, open your wallet." Its a matter of fact that to be the fastest athlete, you have to have to best gear, the latest and the greatest equipment, the most aero bicycle, the lightest components, the newest running shoes and be sporting the latest and greatest trends. Right?

Well, maybe not. Jim Gourley, in his new book Faster, uses science to demystify many of these long held beliefs. It's no wonder triathletes (and I am one myself) are such easy targets for the marketing genius' who peddle their wares--we are suckers. We flock to companies that promise to shave a minute or two off our time, or guarantee a faster recovery all for some inflated price tag. Triathletes can't seem to buy these products fast enough. But, do we even know what we are buying and what these products REALLY do? A marketing promise after all is something that should be taken with a grain of salt.

In his new book, Faster, Jim Gourley, attempts to demystify these promises and guarantees. These common traps triathletes so readily fall for simply to be a little bit "Faster."

Read this book, save yourself some time and a whole lot of money. Gourley uses sound science and proven facts to show what works and what doesn't. Where to spend those hard earned dollars and when to keep them in your wallet. Before you hit your local triathlon shop, where they are hoping you can't wait to shell out big dollars on a P5, some Zipp 808 race wheels and all the goodies to go all with it, do yourself, and your retirement account a favor and spend a couple of days and reading this book.
9 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Readable, smart discussion of bike, run and tri science. 25 septembre 2013
Par Michael B. Gore - Publié sur Amazon.com
I've read a lot - A LOT - about the science of bikes and running. Which handlebar is lighter? Should I get Zipps or Reynolds? What about tire width??

This book breaks it down into readable, smart graphics and writing about the WHY behind component design as well as techniques. Want to run faster? There's physics about stride length that's relatable. Want to ride faster? Learn about if having an aerodynamic or light bike is more important, and how fast you have to ride for any of it to matter. It's a great gift for any of those nerdy friends you have who crinkle their numbers before races or babble on at dinner about their new minimalist shoes. If you're one of those people, this could save you a lot of time and money, and provide you with some cold, hard science the next time you smackdown on the group ride.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Information 3 octobre 2013
Par John Kavouris - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Excellent book with great information for the everyday triathlete. Does a great job explaining engineering concepts in simple terms. If you think you need to buy top of the line triathlon gear, reading this book first will save you a lot of money.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great info, helped with running! 8 octobre 2013
Par Haley - Publié sur Amazon.com
As one who never really cares about technical aspects of sport, I appreciate the author's easy presentation of research and science in this book. While I don't compete in tri's anymore I still thoroughly enjoyed the swimming and running chapters. I feel it's a bargain! The price does not reflect the quality of whats inside.
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