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Your First Triathlon [Paperback]

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A practical guide for aspiring triathletes by the author of The Triathlete's Training Bible outlines a twelve-week training course that encompasses five active training hours per week, scheduled rest time, and the incorporation of a lifestyle based on health, fitness, and personal growth. Original.

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Every year thousands of people decide to take on a sprint triathlon for the first time. Now USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach Joe Friel provides a complete guide to finishing that first triathlon. The same principles and training methodology that the pros and committed triathletes rely on are presented here in language that a beginner can easily understand. Friel maps a course to prepare for a sprint-distance triathlon in 12 weeks, with five hours of training each week, plenty of rest, and the beginnings of a lifestyle marked by a commitment to health and fitness and personal growth. <i>Your First Triathlon</i> provides the training plans, workouts, checklists, and instruction that first-timers need. Joe Friel is known for his thorough approach and with his help, what may have begun as a challenge to complete a sprint triathlon will grow into a love for this demanding yet rewarding sport.

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Pages   221
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 12, 2006
Publisher   VeloPress
ISBN  1931382859  
ISBN13  9781931382854  

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More About Joe Friel

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Joe Friel is the best-selling author of "The Triathlete's Training Bible," "The Cyclist's Training Bible," "Going Long," "Your Best Triathlon," and "Your First Triathlon." His TrainingBible Coaching franchise is one of the most successful and respected in endurance sports. Joe has trained endurance athletes since 1980, including national champions, world championship contenders, and Olympic athletes in triathlon, duathlon, road cycling, and mountain biking. He is an elite-certified USA Triathlon and USA Cycling Coach and holds a master's degree in exercise science. He conducts training and racing seminars around the world and provides consulting services for corporations in the fitness industry. He has also been active in business as the founder of Ultrafit, an association of coaching businesses; TrainingPeaks, a web based software company; and TrainingBible Coaching.

Joe Friel currently resides in Fort Collins, in the state of Colorado.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Exercise & Fitness > Triathlons
2Books > Subjects > Sports > General
3Books > Subjects > Sports > Individual Sports > Cycling > General
4Books > Subjects > Sports > Individual Sports > Running & Jogging

Reviews - What do customers think about Your First Triathlon?

Excellent reading  Sep 11, 2008
I found this book to be very helpful as I go through my next mid-life crisis. It was informative and laced with humor. Not much more I could ask for.Your First Triathlon
Great book for beginner triathlete  Aug 19, 2008
I read several books while preparing for my first sprint triathlon. This book and "Slow Fat Triathlete" were my two favorites. Neither is too technical, but full of helpful "newbie" info.
Good for someone training for their 1st time  May 5, 2008
I was a little hesitant to buy this book after reading some of the reviews saying it was "too basic." I found it very helpful, esp the nutritional info. The training plan seems a little unrealistic -- its a 12 week plan that starts out with only 15 minute workouts. All in all, the book included a lot of valuable information that has helped me progress in my training for my first tri, but I wouldn't follow it word for word.
Good intro to triathlons  Jan 30, 2008
This book offers a good inital overview for those just starting in triathlons. Might be a bit basic for those who are already accomplished in the swimming, biking, and running. Liked the chapter that outlined what to expect in your first race - good pointers.
Got me through my first triathlon!  Nov 24, 2007
I did my first triathlon (sprint distance) in September after three months training, and I was lucky enough to have found this book towards the beginning of my training. Needless to say I am hooked and can't wait to do another one!!! The book did an amazing job of preparing me by arming me with the information I needed to train properly, learn new sports (I had never biked or swam seriously before), eat right, and avoid injury, and yet avoided getting too "hard core" (when you do your first triathlon you keep wondering whether or not you're crazy). Joe keeps it manageable. There is a scary overwhelmed feeling you can get when you start reading about some of the crazy training schedules and techniques out there -- and he really clears through all that and gets to the essentials you need to know to make it through your training and cross the finish line. For example, his race day prep chapter really helped me visualize what to expect on the big day. Also, I really liked his approach to gear -- you can really get sucked into buying a bunch of stuff -- and he emphasizes ways to work with stuff you already have (ex: your old mountain bike) until you're more experienced and can better select the right gear to invest in. Overall, I really liked his fun-first emphasis, while providing what is clearly well-researched and high quality information. Two thumbs up!

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