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The Perfect Distance: Training for Long-Course Triathlon (Ultrafit Multisport Training Series) [Paperback]

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Author Tom Rodgers has developed real-time software and training systems to measure the performance of astronauts aboard NASA's International Space Station. The Perfect Distance puts that expertise to use in a step-by-step program of preparation and training. Packed with technique and drills and built on the proven Ultrafit platform, this is the first book to equip triathletes for the long course. Half-Ironman races are the fastest-growing distance in triathlon and a pivotal stepping stone toward the sport's ultimate challenge — the Ironman. The book outlines every facet of effective preparation for a long-course event. There are sport-specific chapters as well as instruction on selecting equipment, making smart nutrition decisions, strength training, and overcoming injuries — accompanied by clear charts and tables throughout. Extensive appendixes featuring workouts for swim, bike, run, key training sessions, and indoor training make The Perfect Distance an authoritative, one-stop resource for novices and more seasoned trainers.

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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 21, 2006
Publisher   VeloPress
ISBN  1931382948  
ISBN13  9781931382946  

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1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Exercise & Fitness > Triathlons
2Books > Subjects > Sports > General
3Books > Subjects > Sports > Individual Sports > Running & Jogging
4Books > Subjects > Sports > Individual Sports > Triathlon
5Books > Subjects > Sports > Training > General

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Brief Comments about The Perfect Distance  Feb 8, 2008
A good addition to a library of distance 'how to' books but not one I would suggest for anyone new to the sport who seeks specific instructions of what to do. This book provides a very good overview of the philosophy the half-iron distance training but is lacking in specific progressive training acts to undertake during each training phase.
The First Book Dedicated to Half-Iron Training  Apr 10, 2007
Any triathlete or those interested in Ironman competitions will want to check out the invaluable tips in this book. Specific exercises are included.
All workouts, nutritional guides and training tops are focused on this  Mar 12, 2007
Any avid sports person involved in triathlon courses will find THE PERFECT DISTANCE: TRAINING FOR LONG-COURSE TRIATHLON the first book dedicated exclusively to the half-Iron distance category. All workouts, nutritional guides and training tops are focused on this, but you needn't be a competitor to benefit from the tips in THE PERFECT DISTANCE. Anyone racer who wishes to race farther and faster will find the author/coach's tips an essential ingredient for success, making THE PERFECT DISTANCE a recommendation for both personal libraries and any public lending library strong in sports and games.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
I was thinking of moving up to the half- or full-ironman distance triathlon, and this book seemed a logical choice. As far as I know, it's the first volume dedicated to half-iron training and racing. The author spends the first few chapters going through the basic theory of training and "design science," but then dives right into the specific detail of the three sports and training for this distance. The individual chapters on swim, bike and run are as useful and detailed as any other triathlon book, with some later advances in bike aerodynamics, power metering, and running technique.

But the best and unique aspect of the book are the specific workouts, case studies and race strategies for the half-iron distance, including categories for beginner, veteran, and elite triathletes. What works for one group may not work for others. He does give separate examples for different levels, and beginners should stay with the simpler stuff in the book.

If you have read either Friel's TRAINING BIBLE or Byrn's GOING LONG, you'll feel at home with Rodger's similar approach, but his style and emphasis are different. His writing style is clear like Friel's, but he has more personal anecdotes and humor to go along with the scientific training principles. He used to train astronauts at NASA, so there is plenty of science and technology in the book, but also a lot of heart. Since he started later in life, he has more sympathy for beginners and the average or aging athlete than a pro triathlete or someone who coaches mostly pros. But make no mistake: he's a hard-racing, top-ranked age grouper with lots of world championship racing, especially Ironman and ultradistance, so some of the material can be quite challenging, but also inspiring.

Nice photos of famous folks at Kona, as well as good drawings and diagrams to illustrate swim, bike and run technique. About the only thing that could have been better would be to use the larger page format of the TRAINING BIBLE books, especially for tables and graphics, though for the money this is a well-printed publication.


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