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Product Details

  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Velo Press; Third Edition, New edition, 3rd ed. edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030196
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

“25 years of active multisport coaching has proven that Joe Friel has an unprecedented understanding of endurance sports. As a multiple triathlon world champion, I would consider Joe as one of the leading figures in triathlon coaching today. Joe’s professional approach and practical understanding of sports physiology has helped many endurance athletes of all abilities reach their full athletic potential.” —Simon Lessing, 5-time Triathlon World Champion

The Triathlete’s Training Bible is a fantastic guide. You can't go wrong using the advice in this book.” — Scott "The Terminator" Molina, triathlon's winningest pro

“As an athlete with the unique ability to race multiple Ironman races every season, I have always been trouble for any triathlon coach. To coach myself successfully, I needed a reliable and strong tool. I searched all sources carefully until I found the one—The Triathlete’s Training Bible by Joe Friel. Whatever my problem, there is always a solution in this book. This book makes my understanding of training, racing, and recovering more complete with every page.” — Petr Vabrousek, professional triathlete

“As a triathlon coach, 2004 Olympian, and former top-ranked triathlete in the world, I’ve used The Triathlete’s Training Bible as one of my key references. Joe Friel’s training books have made the once “crazy” sport of triathlon accessible to the public while also guiding seasoned athletes to their full potential.” — Barb Lindquist

The Triathlete’s Training Bible is an invaluable tool for every triathlete looking to improve.” — Clas Bjorling, professional triathlete

"The Triathlete's Training Bible is a 'must read' for both athletes and coaches…It captures the essence of multisport training by outlining both the science and the art of the sport in a detailed, yet practical format. It is one of the most valuable resources I have on my bookshelf." —Libby Burrell, USA Triathlon National Program Director

“Joe Friel has spent most of his life in devotion to the understanding and teaching of sport. Joe has managed to focus on the key components to athletic success while weeding out the noise. This book will play a substantial role in helping you take the next step as a triathlete.” — Justin Daerr, professional triathlete

“Whether you’re a beginning triathlete or a seasoned pro, Joe Friel is the leading authority on triathlon training.” —Ryan Bolton, Ironman winner & 2000 USA Olympic Team

“Joe Friel’s wealth of knowledge in triathlon is astounding and he has a wonderful way of sharing that knowledge with all athletes from beginners to elite professionals." —Siri Lindley, Triathlon World Champion

“Joe Friel is among the deans of triathlon coaching and the newest edition of The Triathlete’s Training Bible will be of great benefit to all triathletes interested in performance improvement.“ — George M. Dallam, Ph.D., former USA Triathlon National Teams Coach, co-author of Championship Triathlon Training

"The Triathlete's Training Bible combines scientific research with the experience of a top endurance coach to provide the best training resource book available." —Gale Bernhardt, 2004 Team USA Olympic Triathlon Head Coach

“Joe Friel is constantly enhancing his education in the sport. In his books, Joe uses the information of the athletes he personally trains, the coaches who confide in him, and the large amounts of research he digests from triathlon and other enduranc

From the Publisher

  • "25 years of active multisport coaching has proven that Joe Friel has an unprecedented understanding of endurance sports. As a multiple triathlon world champion, I would consider Joe as one of the leading figures in triathlon coaching today. Joe's professional approach and practical understanding of sports physiology has helped many endurance athletes of all abilities reach their full athletic potential." --Simon Lessing, 5-time Triathlon World Champion

  • "The Triathlete's Training Bible is a fantastic guide. You can't go wrong using the advice in this book." -- Scott Molina, triathlon's winningest pro

  • "As an athlete with the unique ability to race multiple Ironman races every season, I have always been trouble for any triathlon coach. To coach myself successfully, I needed a reliable and strong tool. I searched all sources carefully until I found the one--The Triathlete's Training Bible by Joe Friel. Whatever my problem, there is always a solution in this book. This book makes my understanding of training, racing, and recovering more complete with every page." -- Petr Vabrousek, professional triathlete

  • "As a triathlon coach, 2004 Olympian, and former top-ranked triathlete in the world, I've used The Triathlete's Training Bible as one of my key references. Joe Friel's training books have made the once "crazy" sport of triathlon accessible to the public while also guiding seasoned athletes to their full potential." -- Barb Lindquist

  • "The Triathlete's Training Bible is an invaluable tool for every triathlete looking to improve." -- Clas Bjorling, professional triathlete

  • "The Triathlete's Training Bible is a 'must read' for both athletes and coaches...It captures the essence of multisport training by outlining both the science and the art of the sport in a detailed, yet practical format. It is one of the most valuable resources I have on my bookshelf." --Libby Burrell, USA Triathlon National Program Director

  • "Joe Friel has spent most of his life in devotion to the understanding and teaching of sport. Joe has managed to focus on the key components to athletic success while weeding out the noise. This book will play a substantial role in helping you take the next step as a triathlete." -- Justin Daerr, professional triathlete

  • "Whether you're a beginning triathlete or a seasoned pro, Joe Friel is the leading authority on triathlon training." --Ryan Bolton, Ironman winner & 2000 USA Olympic Team

  • "Joe Friel's wealth of knowledge in triathlon is astounding and he has a wonderful way of sharing that knowledge with all athletes from beginners to elite professionals." --Siri Lindley, Triathlon World Champion

  • "Joe Friel is among the deans of triathlon coaching and the newest edition of The Triathlete's Training Bible will be of great benefit to all triathletes interested in performance improvement." -- George M. Dallam, Ph.D., former USA Triathlon National Teams Coach, co-author of Championship Triathlon Training

  • "The Triathlete's Training Bible combines scientific research with the experience of a top endurance coach to provide the best training resource book available." --Gale Bernhardt, 2004 Team USA Olympic Triathlon Head Coach

  • "Joe Friel is constantly enhancing his education in the sport. In his books, Joe uses the information of the athletes he personally trains, the coaches who confide in him, and the large amounts of research he digests from triathlon and other endurance sports." -- Wes Hobson, former USA Triathlon National Team member and U.S. sprint triathlon champion

  • "In his usual upbeat, reader-friendly style, Joe brings to bear a further understanding of the art and science of triathlon." -- Steven Jonas, MD, author of Triathloning for Ordinary Mortals and co-author of Championship Triathlon Training

  • More About the Author

    "Joe Friel has a masters degree in exercise science and has trained endurance athletes since 1980. His clients include elite amateur and professional road cyclists, mountain bikers, and triathletes and duathletes. His clients have included national champions, world championship competitors, and an Olympian.

    He is the author of several training books and is a contributor to several magazines and websites around the world and offers clinics, seminars, and camps for athletes and coaches. He also consults with national sport federations and with businesses in the fitness industry. He is the cofounder of TrainingPeaks.com and TrainingBible Coaching.

    As an age-group competitor, Joe has been a Colorado State Masters Triathlon champion, a Rocky Mountain region and Southwest region duathlon age-group champion, and a perennial USA Triathlon All-American duathlete. He also competes in bicycle races.

    For information on coaching, speaking, or consulting services, contact him by email at jfriel@trainingbible.com or through his blog at www.joefrielsblog.com.

    Customer Reviews

    It is very well written and easy to understand.
    Bonnie J. Doerfler
    I'd highly recommend this book to anyone undertaking their first triathlon or for the experienced athlete trying to refine their training regime.
    Rob Youl
    There is a lot of good bonus information, such as race day planning, off season training, suggested weight training regimens etc.
    Mallory B. Scott

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Mark on October 25, 2011
    Format: Paperback
    In my opinion, the goal of this book is to give people who want to compete in triathalons a scientific, self-coached training plan. Does it deliver? Absolutely. The book accomplishes this through six, cleanly divided parts.

    PART ONE, "The self-trained triathlete" is concerned with the "philosophical" basis for methodical training. It deals with things such as attitide and commitment, which are as important as physical training. PART TWO, "From lab to real world" talks about the scientific foundation of training and goes into the science and priciples of training (i.e. progressive resistance, periodization, etc.). PART THREE, "Training with a purpose" pulls together parts one and two in which a system of purposeful training is described. This part will help the reader to determine exactly what their training needs are and the best ways to address them. PART FOUR, titled "Planning" helps you design your own training plan for a season, week by week. PART FIVE, "Racing and recovering" takes you through the details of preparing to race and recovering after - it gives you info on what to do before and after the actual race. This information is essential as many athletes neglect to recover properly before starting training again for the next race. PART SIX, "The competative edge" talks about supplemental aspects of training that can contribute to peak performance such as swimming tips, weight training ex's, eating tips, etc. - kind a of "tie up the loose ends" section.

    A book that truly lives up to its name, I can't see many readers coming away from this book without picking up much useful information - from the beginner to the experienced. Athletes who have shoulder trouble that interferes with their training might also find Bulletproof Your Shoulder helpful too. Happy training!
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    52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Jim Maloney on September 25, 2009
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    I bought this book in preparation for my first olympic distance triathlon and found it a bit too advanced for my needs. I'd highly recommend it for anyone who is in top form for the olympic distance or doing ironmans, but it was so detailed I lost the forest for the trees in trying to make sure I was training effectively.

    I was hoping for something a little simpler - "here's how you should think about your training and to know you're ready for the race (for me - that meant finishing without feeling like i was going to die.)"

    Those nuggets are in there, but it's clearly directed for people who are competing at an elite level or is there to help people train for ironmans. To that end, the book appears to be superb - very well thought out, and well laid out as well.

    Jim
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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David Sassen on August 15, 2012
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    I thought this book was really great, particularly for the price. It's jam-packed with really useful information.

    This book is about how to structure your life around being a triathlete. It's about how to work up a training plan for each year that will help you achieve your goals and reduce your "limiters" - those parts of your triathlon you might not be strong. It goes into incredible detail about how training works, particularly the ideas of periodization and building fitness by varying intensity and volume, and the idea of the three basic parts of fitness (force, speed, and endurance). It talks about identifying your limiters and developing plans to fix them. It also goes into great detail about the differences between training for a sprint triathlon and an Ironman triathlon (it's not just "more hours").

    It goes into some detail about how to race, what nutrition and hydration you'll need to bring along, checklists for things to bring and all that - probably stuff you've already got a handle on. It has some information about nutrition outside of racing but it is mostly just an overview. It has essentially no information at all on technique, though - don't buy this book thinking it will make you a better swimmer.

    Other than that there's really nothing negative to say about the book. It's very well-laid-out, lots of charts and sample training plans. It doesn't over-explain things but doesn't gloss over them either - it's a good balance.

    IMPORTANT: This book isn't a "My First Triathlon" book. It's not a "Triathlon for Dummies" book. As the intro says, it's basically a cheap replacement for a triathlon coach. If you've signed up for your first sprint triathlon and you just want a couple of not-too-detailed training plans to get you into shape to finish it, this isn't the book for you.
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    26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Sean P. Mullins on February 8, 2010
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    I bought this book because I was completing my first triathlon (done) and heard that this was a great book for triathletes. Its a big text - almost like a phone book, and the content is similarly weighty. There were some bits here and there that I found accessible and useful (but struggled to find them again buried between reams of complicated schedules). The author is no doubt knowledgeable but I think that this is more for a coach or someone who really likes a lot of rules and structure - for example the general training plans are centered around periods broken into "Pre Base 1 2 3 Build 1 2 Prep Race Tran", each with variable mixes of "endurance force speed muscular-endurance anaerobic-endurance power testing" - do we really need this level of complexity? I'll stick with something a little more relaxed.

    Edited- OK having now been in the sport a couple of years, I have to admit I still go back to the bible a fair bit, and I'm adding a star.
    I still think for beginners, Friel's Your First Triathlon would be a better choice.
    At the other end, if planning an Ironman, I think his other book, Going Long, which I just purchased, is superior, more accessible and more focused.
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