The Triathlete's Training Bible (Anglais) Broché – 30 janvier 2009
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In preparation for my first full season of triathlon (mostly sprints), I purchased this book in hopes of providing me with a solid base and a training plan. I'm not in excellent physical shape or a gifted athlete in any sense, and that's why I needed and wanted a book that could give me guidance.
The book is broken into sections and chapters. It goes into details of everything you need to know about triathlon. For the average age grouper that is not super competitive and don't have tons of hours to spend on training, this book goes into much more detail than what you need. But for the serious athlete, this book will motivate and give you the training strategy that will most benefit. Friel uses periodization training in this book; breaking the year into different periods such as Prep, Base 1-2-3, Build 1-2-3, Peak, Race, Transition. This is very useful information that will give the athlete the program to be in the best racing shape during your important races.
So why the 4 star?
I read and took notes of the book. When I got to the Weekly Training Planning, I was ready and expected the book to "guide" you in one way or another to set up a training plan. But after reading that chapter, I was quite confused on how to plug the different workouts(listed in the appendix) into each day. I was confused on what the intensity and duration for each workout should be for me as a beginner. Basically I felt that the book "left me hanging." I reread the chapter a few more times thinking that I missed something. There were plugs all throughout the book about Friel's training website Trainingpeaks. I checked out the site hoping to find a training plan on there I could use. Friel charges $99 for almost all of the 12-week training plan. Hmm.....
Even with the above complaint I learned a lot from Friel's book. The seasoned athlete will probably know enough to use the training plan set forth by Friel. But for the beginner triathlete in their first couple of seasons I suggest Friel's other book "Your First Triathlon."
This book is about how to structure your life around being a triathlete. It's about how to work up a training plan for each year that will help you achieve your goals and reduce your "limiters" - those parts of your triathlon you might not be strong. It goes into incredible detail about how training works, particularly the ideas of periodization and building fitness by varying intensity and volume, and the idea of the three basic parts of fitness (force, speed, and endurance). It talks about identifying your limiters and developing plans to fix them. It also goes into great detail about the differences between training for a sprint triathlon and an Ironman triathlon (it's not just "more hours").
It goes into some detail about how to race, what nutrition and hydration you'll need to bring along, checklists for things to bring and all that - probably stuff you've already got a handle on. It has some information about nutrition outside of racing but it is mostly just an overview. It has essentially no information at all on technique, though - don't buy this book thinking it will make you a better swimmer.
Other than that there's really nothing negative to say about the book. It's very well-laid-out, lots of charts and sample training plans. It doesn't over-explain things but doesn't gloss over them either - it's a good balance.
IMPORTANT: This book isn't a "My First Triathlon" book. It's not a "Triathlon for Dummies" book. As the intro says, it's basically a cheap replacement for a triathlon coach. If you've signed up for your first sprint triathlon and you just want a couple of not-too-detailed training plans to get you into shape to finish it, this isn't the book for you.
Pros - Information dense. Covers all the sports. Year round advice. Delves into the science of training. A lot of great workouts included to keep revisiting. Follow this program and you will perform well.
Cons - Although just released, the Kindle version is not a modern kindle book with proper layout and difficult to navigate. Stick with the paper copy rather than buying the kindle version until it is improved.