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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (May 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579547486
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579547486
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Eric Harr has an astounding ability to motivate practically anyone and crafts a compelling case for the fact that fitness challenges are not just feasible but fun. Eric makes the daunting feat of training for a physically demanding event completely doable because he is there every step of the way--cheering you on, spurring you to greater heights, making you want to do this. His book is a brilliant tool that should truly inspire members of our sedentary society to put themselves, and their health, first."--Alexa Joy Sherman, senior editor for Shape magazine

"Eric Harr's book will be of great value to the newbie triathlete. He will help you from your first step to when you cross the finish line."--Jim Taylor, Ph.D., sports psychologist and ironman triathlete

"Everyone dreams of being an athlete, but most of us don't think that we have either the time or the ability to do it. In Triathlon Training in Four Hours a Week, Eric Harr will give you the inspiration and the right information to accomplish that dream. It will fit into your life, you'll never feel better, and you'll never look back."--Susan M. Kleiner, R.D., Ph.D., author of Power Eating

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"Eric Harr has an astounding ability to motivate practically anyone and crafts a compelling case for the fact that fitness challenges are not just feasible but fun. Eric makes the daunting feat of training for a physically demanding event completely doable because he is there every step of the way--cheering you on, spurring you to greater heights, making you want to do this. His book is a brilliant tool that should truly inspire members of our sedentary society to put themselves, and their health, first."--Alexa Joy Sherman, senior editor for Shape magazine

"Eric Harr's book will be of great value to the newbie triathlete. He will help you from your first step to when you cross the finish line."--Jim Taylor, Ph.D., sports psychologist and ironman triathlete

The Transforming Power of Triathlon

Training for a triathlon will get you in the best shape of your life, not to mention give you a new and exciting fitness pursuit. More than that, it will change your life in ways you never imagined.

In 1994, when Eric Harr decided to train for his first triathlon in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the extent of his exercise was walking to the local mango stand for lunch. That one simple step set in motin dozens of other positive steps. Eric began eating better, had more energy, and grew more sensitized to the joys of everyday life.

You hold in your hands the key to unlocking a healthy, passion-filled life. All the motivation and practical advice you need to train for and finish a triathlon is within these pages.

Four separate training programs to accommodate every fitness level

A complete list of all the gear you need, with money-saving tips on how to get it for less

A 40-minute stretch-and-strenghten workout you can do at home--plus an abbreviated 10-minute workout for those days when you're pressed for time

A complete menu plan with delicious, healthy meal choices to fuel your active body

Strategies to stay motivated and injury-proof your body

Discounts on triathlon gear, race entry fees, travel expenses and lodging

A minute-by-minute guide to your race day

Author and professional triathlete Eric Harr began his career as an out-of-shape legal clerk living in the U.S. Virgin Islands. After training by commuting on his mountain bike, he competed in his first athletic event, the St. Croix Triathlon. He waddled across the finish, ahead of a few noted professionals.
Almost one year after that event, Eric was ranked sixth in the world and was named Rookie of the Year. Since then, he has won 30 amateur and pro events in 23 countries and has represented the United States in two World Championship events. He is about to undertake the Hawaii Ironman as the culmination of The Ultimate Challenge, in which he's competed in 10 of the world's most strenuous and celebrated athletic events to raise money for international charities including Special Olympics.
Eric is also a TV and radio show host, a columnist for Shape magazine, a nationally syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times and the author of The Portable Personal Trainer. He lives in Marin County, California, with his wife, Alexandra Stretton, and their dog Owen.

"Everyone dreams of being an athlete, but most of us don't think that we have either the time or the ability to do it. In Triathlon Training in Four Hours a Week, Eric Harr will give you the inspiration and the right information to accomplish that dream. It will fit into your life, you'll never feel better, and you'll never look back."--Susan M. Kleiner, R.D., Ph.D., author of Power Eating

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I live once!" I have really enjoyed reading this book.
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He helps a reader plan a training schedule that matches their fitness level with their goal while allowing time to have a life outside of the sport.
David McCune
If you have any interest in training for a triathlon and do not know how, I would HIGHLY recommend this book.
Anthony

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176 of 182 people found the following review helpful By Kate on July 26, 2004
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I picked up this book after reading Eric's articles in Shape magazine. I just finished my first triathlon, thanks to this book! I would have never crossed that finish line without it. I can't wait for my next race!

I wish I could give this book 5 stars, but it is just short of perfect. I'll highlight my problems with it, just to warn other potential readers. These are suggestions I would hope the author keep in mind if he chooses to write a new edition.

First, the basis of the training breaks you into 1 of 4 categories. This is great! This allows you to graduate into higher levels of training in the future. The problem is the way you are directed to your training level. There is a 10 question quiz that will identify your training level. With all due respect to Mr. Harr, he either needs to toss out this test, or he needs to work with a psychologist to tune it to something a little more meaningful. Despite his best effort, this test does nothing but measure your motivations. I came into this working out 6 days a week for the past 18 months. While I had never done a triathlon before, I considered myself to be in excellent shape. I took the test and scored a level I, which is what he refers to as a Slice above Couch Potato. Luckily, I looked at what was involved in the training plan and realized I am more closely in tune right in between a level II or level III. Even more dangerously, I gave this quiz to a friend of mine who was terribly out of shape. She scored a Level III. If she had attempted to work out at the intensity outlined for a Level III, it would have derailed her quickly. That's too much for someone who isn't in shape! If you are racing in a triathlon for enjoyment rather than competition, this by no means makes you out of shape.
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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on May 30, 2005
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This book is perfect if you are interested in training for a triathlon, but are just not sure how to do it.

I run and bike, but have never done a triathlon before. I just did not have any clue how to design a program that would allow me to incorporate running, swimming, and cycling in such a way that I would be able to finish a sprint distance triathlon.

Using the program in this book I was able to train for and easily complete my first sprint triathlon.

If you have any interest in training for a triathlon and do not know how, I would HIGHLY recommend this book. It is not technical. It makes you believe you can do it, and it provides a program framework that works.

The program(s) in this book cover fitness levels from bare beginners all the way to single sport Gods (runners, cyclists, etc.) They are geared towards a sprint distance, but adaptable up to 1/2 ironman distance.

Each program is doable (time wise). You do not need to quit your job and divorce your wife.

Overall, fantastic. If you want to train but do not know where to start, this is where to start.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By David McCune VINE VOICE on October 4, 2006
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There are bigger triathlon books, and there are books with more detailed training schedules. There are books to hone your swimming, and books to make you run faster, but there is probably no better book for starting the sport of triathlon than Eric Harr's

For starters, Harr does a decent job as a motivational writer. This is no small feat for an accomplished athlete writing to novices. Harr manages to inspire without condescending. He gets you excited about the sport.

Next, he sets the stage. He goes into the basic equipment required to train for and complete the race. He gives estimates regarding costs and recommendations as to specific brands he has used (this was probably the only part of the book that felt dated, given the 2003 publication). He also asks you to give realistic assessments of your fitness and your race goals. These include simply completing the race, trying to complete a longer distance than previously, or even competing to win (more about that later). He helps a reader plan a training schedule that matches their fitness level with their goal while allowing time to have a life outside of the sport.

This is followed by more detailed discussion of the various stages, with chapters on swimming technique and drills, biking (conditioning, equipment, and safety) and of course running. He discusses the importance of heart rate monitors and interval training, and he covers when to push your training, when to back. He doesn't particularly go into the science behind the training, but his recommendations are similar to other writers in the field. Above all, he strives to keep the training schedule compatible with achieving athletic success within the time constraints of the modern recreational athlete.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jacquelyn Wheeler on October 6, 2004
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I trained for my first triathlon completely out of this book. Before I started, I was in so-so shape but didn't know how to do the crawl and could not swim a single lap without stopping. I memorized the breakdown of the swim stroke in the book, practiced for a couple of months, and then six weeks before my race (sprint at Pacific Grove 2004), I started his training plan and followed it to the letter. I lost weight, got in great condition, and ended up finishing 13th in my division! I had a fantastic race, smiling most of the way, and crossed the finish line feeling like a rock star.

Just a few months ago I never thought I would ever do something like this, and now I've joined a triathlon training team and am preparing for my second race in November. I'm in the best shape of my adult life, I love cross-training, and I am very, very grateful for this book. Believe me, if I can do it, *anyone* can. Get this book, finish a triathlon, and amaze yourself at what you can accomplish!
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