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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress; 2nd edition (March 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931382964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931382960
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Ryan demystifies the dietary cosmos, offering easy ways to eat for optimum performance.” — Triathlete magazine

"Monique has helped guide me to become an Olympian and World Champion in the sport of cycling. To find that competitive edge, take the next step by adding the nutritional component to your daily training regime. A great place to start is by reading Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes." — Kristin Armstrong, 2009 and 2006 World Time Trial Champion, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, Two-Time U.S. National Time Trial and Road Race Champion

"In my opinion, the weakest link in endurance performance is an athlete’s nutrition. This can be easily corrected, however, with Monique’s book Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes. She has demystified how to eat day to day and for the moments that count in a race and provided information in an incredibly clear and adaptable way so that athletes of all levels will be able to fine tune their diet and finally perform at their top level." — Mark Allen, six-time Ironman World Champion

"I have always believed that the top Ironman athletes train very similarly, and that winning or losing comes down to nutrition and mental toughness. Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes sets the standard for getting you fueled to the finish line." — Tim DeBoom, Two-Time Ironman World Champion

"Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes is a must-read whatever your competitive goals may be. This book will serve as a complete source for all your nutritional inquiries." — Alan Culpepper, two-time Olympian, two-time U.S. 10K champion, three-time U.S. Cross Country Champion

"Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes is a comprehensive nutritional guide. Monique Ryan provides valuable information that helps athletes maintain their energy levels and maximize their ability to perform in endurance events." — Dede Demet Barry, 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist, former U.S. National Criterium and Road Race Champion

"Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes offers an accurate and clear direction for today's competitive rowers. The information complements how I handled my diet as an athlete and the direction I offer both light and heavyweight rowers today." — John Riley, Two-Time U.S. Olympic Rower, eleven-time U.S. National Champion, former U.S. National Team Coach

From the Publisher

  • "Working with Monique has taken me to the winning edge in my sport. She has helped guide me to become an Olympian and World Champion in the sport of cycling. Whether you are going for the gold or have other ambitions, we are all up against highly trained and motivated athletes, including ourselves. To find that competitive edge, take the next step by adding the nutritional component to your daily training regime. A great place to start is by reading Monique's book."--Kristin Armstrong, 2006 World Time Trial Champion, Two-Time U.S. National Time Trial Champion, Former U.S. National Road Race Champion

  • "In my opinion, the weakest link in endurance performance is an athlete's nutrition. This can be easily corrected, however, with Monique's new book Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes. She has demystified how to eat day to day and for the moments that count in a race and provided information in an incredibly clear and adaptable way so that athletes of all levels will be able to fine tune their diet and finally perform at their top level. I wish this book had been written during my career!"--Mark Allen, Six-Time Ironman World Champion

  • "I have always believed that the top Ironman athletes train very similarly, and that winning or losing comes down to nutrition and mental toughness. I know I would not have won two Ironman World Championships without focusing on my nutrition every day. Monique does a fantastic job covering everything you need to know about daily and racing nutrition. Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes sets the standard for getting you fueled to the finish line."-- Tim DeBoom, Two-Time Ironman World Champion

  • "Monique Ryan's Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes is a must read whatever your competitive goals may be. Monique's vast knowledge is evident, and this book will serve as a complete source for all your nutritional inquiries. From making optimal food and fluid choices, meal planning and timing, to event specific needs, this book has it all."-- Alan Culpepper, Two-Time U.S. Olympic Runner, Three-Time U.S. Cross Country Champion, Two-Time U.S. 10K Champion

  • "Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes is a comprehensive nutritional guide. Monique Ryan provides valuable information that helps athletes maintain their energy levels and maximize their ability to perform in endurance events."-- Dede Demet Barry, 2004 Olympic Time Trial Silver Medalist, Former U.S. National Criterium and Road Race Champion

  • "Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes offers an accurate and clear direction for today's competitive rowers. The information complements how I handled my diet as an athlete and the direction I offer both light and heavyweight rowers today."-- John Riley, Two-Time U.S. Olympic Rower, Eleven-Time U.S. National Champion, Former U.S. National Team Coach

  • "Monique's chapter on rowing provide rowers of all levels with an excellent introduction to the physiological demands of the sport and the appropriate nutrition to meet those demands. Together, this chapter and the rest of the book give a solid nutritional framework for all endurance athletes."-- Julie McCleery, World Championships Bronze Medalist, Former U.S. National Rowing Team member

  • "Folks ask adventure racers how we can possibly race nonstop for days on end, tackling challenging disciplines like mountain biking, trekking, kayaking, rapelling, and mountaineering in some of the most extreme environments found on earth. While fitness, gear, strategy, and teamwork are all play roles in getting a team to the finish, the paramount importance of nutrition--before, during, and after--cannot be overstated. Proper nutrition often separates those who win from those who go home before the race is over. An important read for any endurance athlete, I highly recommend Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes both to the beginner athletes I coach and to the professionals I race with."-- Travis Macy, professional adventure racer and coach

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    It is very easy to read and understand.
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    Essential reading for anyone who is serious about improving their training and race performance.
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Just lookin' on April 12, 2011
    Format: Paperback
    I wanted to like this book. But it is very old-style nutrition.

    You get to read about the macronutrients (protein, carbs, fats) ad nauseum. But there is very little attention given to the importance of eating whole foods.

    The author is a fan of packaged sports products, such as bars and gels. After all, If They Offer The Right Proportion of Proteins, Carbs, and Fats, What Could Be Bad About Them?

    What has worked for me - whether during training/racing season, or off - is simply to follow sound nutrition practices that make for easy digestion, full absorption of minerals, and immune system support. The usual: 6+ cups of veggies a day; 2+ cups of fruit; foods with probiotic properties; antimicrobials (like raw garlic); fiber; limiting both wheat and dairy, which slow me (and a lot of other people) down. Choosing whole grains over refined. Rejecting overprocessed food, which retains a questionable amount of its original nutritional value. Before a race, eating highly digestible meals, with little fiber, that are mostly carbs and a bit of protein.

    If you already know all this, then nothing this author writes is going to add to your arsenal of knowledge. In fact, you might wonder how she missed the class when they talked about the importance of whole foods.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Reissner on January 29, 2009
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    To nobody's amazement, there is a lot wrong with the way people eat generally: one-third of all added sugar in the American diet comes from the consumption of soft drinks, and French fried-potatoes are the primary vegetable. According to a Johns Hopkins University study every single American adult could be overweight by 2048. Current prevalence of obesity and being overweight is 71 percent, which is nothing to crow about since it was only 57 percent in 2000.

    I am an ardent cyclist and while we all know that cycling is a good way to get the pounds off what happens if you want to push up the performance beyond just losing some weight? I would very much recommend you read Monique Ryan's "Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes." The 2nd edition of this book came out in 2007 and from what I see it remains the Gold Standard for anyone interested in this subject.

    The first part of the book deals with the basics of nutrition in order to establish a base. You learn a great deal about the building blocks: carbohydrates, fats and proteins, along with information on hydration, and vitamins and minerals. Much of this information is available elsewhere easily enough but the writing here is very straightforward and easy to understand. There is a detailed discussion of the Glycemic Index and what it means in terms of building your diet. Helpfully, the author refers to the needs of those following a vegetarian regime as well.

    Part II of the book is "Your Training Diet" and covers the rather complicated principles of an endurance athlete's diet. Not only will you arrange the type of foods you eat depending on what stage of your periodized training you are in but you also have to determine the correct calorie levels to maximize effectiveness, including recovery.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. LebronDykeman on December 22, 2010
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    If you're a looking for a book that addresses the needs of triathletes with some scientific jargon but mostly straight forward tips, then this is the book for you. As a non scientist, but with enough knowledge of nutrition to get me in some trouble I found this book to be very insightful. It gave me a birds eye view of the science but the focus came down to what food to eat and why. I tend to buy and eat whole foods and try as best I can to eat seasonally. With all the suggestions of foods in this book and the nutrients that each of the foods provides I can check each section as the seasons change and focus on adding that type of food into my meal plan. My training this year has a nutrition focus. I am learning to eat for fuel and to maximize the results of my workouts. With a goal of doing my first half iron and my first iron in the next 18 month I am thrilled that I found this book just in time. I encourage all those out there who are trying to decide which book on triathlon nutrition is the best to give this one a try. I don't think you will be sorry. Good luck to all on your future races.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By learning about me on December 21, 2011
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    If you are looking for a book on proper nutrition, and don't mind getting into the technical side at times, this is a terrific read. Some may tend to gravitate to the back, looking for plans; however, if you truly want to understand the little things, try to read the book front to back. The wealth of information will assist you in becoming a consumer of nutrition rather than an eater!! I have used the principles in the book, tracked my progress, and have seen results in as little as one month. As someone who liked to eat, it is not always easy, but very rewarding.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tri-daddy on July 17, 2010
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    Stop wasting time reading ads about the next new product to help you shave time off your run/bike/swim/etc. Get this book. Be sure to read, then re-read, Part I & II. Really understand these parts, then jump to the chapters about formulating a training and racing diet. Then go back and re-read Part I & II again. Without a thorough understanding of the science behind REAL nutrition (not magazine ads), it's too easy to slip back into bad habits. Anyone serious about improving training effectiveness and race-day performance should have this in his/her library.
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