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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Velo Press (August 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937715027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937715021
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""An easy-to-read, witty book that will save you time and money."" - Jordan Rapp, 5-time Ironman champion

From the Back Cover

EVERY TRIATHLETE WANTS TO GET FASTER.But while training delivers big gains early on, eventually hard work only maintains the status quo. You can try to buy speed with gear upgrades, but costly high-tech equipment doesn’t always deliver the results you’re chasing.

FASTERputs free speed at your fingertips. Aerospace engineer and seasoned triathlete Jim Gourley teaches athletes how to turn knowledge into power by exploring the forces that matter most in triathlon. You will find out how to get the most out of training, gear upgrades, and technology.

Even the fittest triathletes are subject to the laws of physics—like drag, friction, and rolling resistance. By understanding the forces that act on you and your gear in swimming, cycling, and running, you can build up a real advantage on race day. You’ll also get the truth behind the latest trends and fads in technique, training tools, and product design. And, with science on your side, you can make the smart calls to become a better, faster triathlete.

Jim Gourleyis a teacher, a writer—and yes, a rocket scientist. His articles on the science and technology of triathlon and cycling have been widely published inTriathlete,Inside Triathlon,LAVA,Peloton, andBicycle Timesmagazines.

More About the Author

Jim Gourley graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a degree in Astronautical Engineering. His stories on scientific and technological developments in endurance sports have appeared in Triathlete, Inside Triathlon, LAVA, 3/GO, and 220 Triathlon.

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The book breaks down complicated science into easy to understand scenarios to give you the knowledge you need to make informative decisions.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. Gore on September 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Candace Chiapusio on October 8, 2013
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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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Kavouris on October 3, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Haley on October 8, 2013
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mark mazman on September 5, 2013
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Jim does a fantastic job of making sense of some things, and demystifying others in an enjoyable way. This book has a lot of value if used in conjunction with a good training plan. I recommend it to anyone that wants to improve as an athlete.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Carroll on April 24, 2014
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The best read for a long time. This week I was on leave and doing some final training before Ironman Australia in 2 weeks time. This is an awesome book for getting the mind prepared for a big event like an Ironman, and provides some really go tips for each of the disciplines, and pulls them together in the last chapter. Being an Aerospace Engineer, I thoroughly enjoyed the way Jim (an Astranautical Engineer) balances the essential theory with an interesting dialogue, keeping everything relevant to the topic of how to go faster in a Triathlon. The most important points are: draft in the swim with fingers slightly spread, get a power meter, a good bike fit, low rolling resistance tires, save some energy for the run if it is long course. I look forward to Jim's next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cvu777 on February 23, 2014
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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 go to Jenny Craig and lose 15 to 20lbs. Losing weight will keep you from getting Plantar Facsciitis, make your more efficient in the pool, run & bike and keep you from overheating as fast as fat athletes. Force = mass x acceleration. If you lose mass, and your force is the same, you will have faster acceleration. 2) Buy tires with low rolling resistance. My continental gatorskins have 2x the rolling resistance of the Continental GP 4000s. 3) Work on your swim and run techniques. Go to a Masters Program and a good running program. 4) Buy a Power Meter. 5) Rent your Zipp Wheels; don't buy them unless your power meter is 250 or above and you completed Step 1. 6) Get a proper bike fit - The Retul method is pricey but better than FIST fittings. His other tips are great so buy this book.
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