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Breakthrough Triathlon Training: How to Balance Your Busy Life, Avoid Burnout and Achieve Triathlon Peak Performance Paperback – November 11, 2005


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (November 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071462791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071462792
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"Breakthrough Triathlon Training will help you connect with that deep love of the sport that can be your greatest weapon for success."
--Lance Armstrong, from the foreword

Get on the journey to peak performance with this inspirational training guide

From former top-ranked professional triathlete and thirty-time winner Brad Kearns, this simple and refreshing guide to reaching your personal best will help you discover your own abilities, identify your weaknesses, and overcome pitfalls on the way to triathlon success. Like having your own personal trainer to guide and inspire you, this unique book covers much more than just physical conditioning, giving you the mental preparation and toughness you need on the road and in the water.

Using a holistic approach as he addresses every level of the sport, Kearns shows you how to:

  • Use the power of pure motivation to perform at your ultimate potential
  • Train your body properly for peak performance
  • Discover the secret regimens of top endurance athletes and how to make them work for you
  • Design a personalized weekly, monthly, and annual training schedule
  • Give every single workout a specific purpose to avoid burnout

Filled with sample exercises and flexible workout schedules, this inspirational guide helps you fit the demands of triathlon training into everyday life--and enrich the way you live every day.

About the Author

Brad Kearns is a noted speaker, author, and coach in the fitness world. During his career as a triathlete, he was one of the world's top-ranked professionals, amassing more than thirty wins worldwide on the pro circuit. He lives in Auburn, California.


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Brad Kearns, 48, of Auburn, California is noted speaker, author and coach in the health&fitness world for over two decades. During his nine-year career as a triathlete, he was one of the world's top ranked professionals, amassing over 30 wins worldwide on the pro circuit. Career highlights include a remarkable streak of seven victories in a row, a world duathlon series championship, two national triathlon championships, an ITU Pan American championship and a #3 world ranking in 1991. Brad is the last American professional male in to place in the top-5 in the ITU World Championships (1992) and still holds the Hawaii Ironman 24&under age division American record at 8:57.

Brad's Breakthrough Triathlon Training (2006) offers a healthy, balanced approach to triathlon peak performance. His How Lance Does It (2007) and How Tiger Does It (2008) books detail the attitude and behavior qualities of champion athletes and how you can apply to your personal goals. He currently works with health&fitness expert Mark Sisson on a comprehensive lifestyle movement called the Primal Blueprint. Brad is the Managing Editor of Primal Blueprint Publishing, delivers Primal lifestyle seminars across the USA, and organizes and presents at the company's "PrimalCon" health and fitness retreats around the world.

As an athlete, Brad recently retired from an illustrious decade-long career dominating youth athletes in soccer, basketball, and track while coaching them. His competitive outlets now involve high jumping and Speed Golf. In 1996, as a 3.7 handicap, Brad placed 8th in the world Speed Golf championships, shooting 80 on a regulation 18-hole course in 40 minutes. With the sport of Speed Golf returning to prominence (speedgolfinternational.com), Brad is poised for a run at the Pro/Elite circuit in 2014 and beyond. In summer of 2012, Brad attained a lifetime best high jump of 5'6" (1.68 meters), which would rank him in the top 20 on the USA Masters 45-49 age track and field list. He also clocked times of 13.0 for 100 meters and 59. 6 for 400 meters at age 48, which is very respectable if one happens to be old and extremely genetically predisposed to endurance instead of speed.

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It was easy to read, very motivational and very informative.
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Brad's book helped me to direct my training in a less stressful way.
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I highly recommend this book to anyone participating in triathlon.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Demerly on December 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
It's a refreshing and informed read from one of the sport's great semi-unsung stars.

Kearns looks into the very foundations of training for our sport with a very heavy emphasis on the lifestyle surrounding training for triathlons. Perhaps more than any book in recent memory Kearns also (for better or worse) delves into the training and, more importantly, lifestyle regimes of the top pro triathletes. He isn;t recommending their workouts, but more illustrating their lifestyle habits and especially their pro-active rest and recovery routines.

The Phil Maffetone/Mike Pigg relationship is re-hashed here as it is in Maffetone's own books. For those not exposed to the (now out of print) books by Phil Maffetone this is eye opening stuff. I wager few athletes, especially new athletes, would ever have the patience to ascribe to a Maffetone style program in thie age of "13 weeks to an Ironman" style fast-food, on line coached programs, and this different slant on training philosophies is one many athletes ought learn about, especially new athletes.

Kearns writes extensively about motivation, particularly his concept of "pure" motivation. His discussions of secluding oneself and training in exile return such a pleasant simplicity to the notion of the sport. If nothing else, this part of the book painted a beautiful picture of th best part of sport: Self-indulgent, dedicated and simple training. That is the ultimate luxury. Since I am headed to a ten day traithlon training camp in about three weeks the timing on reading this couldn't have been better.

When I started doing triathlons in 1984 there were no books in print on how to prepare for the sport. Now Amazon lists 138 titles. I have read over half of them. Most are quite poor.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steven P. Wieland on August 4, 2006
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This book is easy reading, chock full of anecdotes from the arena of ultra-competitive triathletes. While it acknowledges that the reader is probably more of a casual athlete, the book offers still offers too little concrete advice. Rather, Kearns prefers to let you go your own way, rather than offering practical advice.

I'll summarize the main ideas in this book to save you the time:
1) Train only for the enjoyment of reaching "peak performance." The author calls this "pure motivation." I thought this was simply too abstract to be helpful.
2) Aerobic training is the indispensible base for triathletes - anaerobic training must come second and be built upon the long-distance training you accumulate and maintain over time.
3) Rest adequately between "key workouts," the workouts that push your limits, are planned fluidly around your life, etc.
4) Gradually intensify workouts as you become more fit. Do the workout that benefits you most. One suggestion: the 100/10 "brick" (ie 50 miles biking followed by a 5 mile run).

There, I saved you $10. This book is a standout guide for building your mental toughness and motivating you to enjoy your amateur triathlon career. It, however, should be regarded as a companion to other books that can offer you more concrete information about training, especially if you're new to the sport.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dan Von Spanielle on November 30, 2005
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I have read many triathlon training books - some excellent, some pretty lame. The focus of most seems to be mainly on physiology, schedule planning and racing strategy. Kearns's book takes a different angle as he talks about real life issues like balancing work and training, avoiding overtraining and getting into the right frame of mind for peak performance. His writing style is very entertaining too. I would give this book a top score for the many excellent insites I have obtained from it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Triathlete Jim on April 20, 2006
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Brad has written one of the most insightful books I have ever read about triathlon training and life. This book not only changed the way I look at racing and training but how I manage my everyday existence. This book came at a great time for me. I was totally burned out. Running a business, holding down a second job, family and friend commitments, training for and completing three marathons in three months totally took its toll on me. I was tired all the time,grumpy and had to struggle through every workout. But yet I did not slow down. Typical Type A Triathlete behavior. More is better right! Thanks Brad! You have made me realize that "Tri"athlon is more than just swimming-biking-running but more about physical-mental-emotional balance.

Read this book if you want to experience the real joy of the sport!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William Sawyer on May 1, 2006
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Like many triathletes (who deep down won't admit it) I was at a place in my triathlon training where I didn't have the motivation, experienced huge levels of fatique and was sick all of the time. Month after month we read our tri magazines and pay coaches to tell us how to train by locking ourselves into impossible training schedules, told to train twice a day and keep the pedal to the medal. Brad Kearns does an awesome job of explaining why we need to train differenlty than the pros and how to keep a balance in our life when juggling work, family and training. I'm so glad he steps up blows the whistle. This book was very motivating for me and has changed how I look at everything, how I want to live my life and train. I was very close to never getting on my bike again and then I read this book. I now listen to my body and I don't lock myself into an impossible schedule. My energy levels are back and my fitness level has improved dramatically! I'm excited about training and racing this summer! Buy this book and it will change your life!
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