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Triathloning for Ordinary Mortals: And Doing the Duathlon Too Paperback – July 17, 2006
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As he says in his preface, his book is for the person "who wants to engage in a new and different athletic experience without turning the rest of his or her life upside down in the process and wants to have fun doing so." Focusing on the "marathon-equivalent" triathlon, which is a 1.5-kilometer swim, a 40-kilometer bike, and a 10-kilometer run (although he does have a brief chapter called "Doing the Duathlon and Going Long"), Jonas helps you decide if a triathlon is right for you, gives his own personal history of how he went from a nonathlete to a racer, and advises on how to pick your first race.
From there, he discusses techniques, the basic principles of training, and how to establish your "aerobic base," the basic level of fitness (especially important for nonexercisers) you need before approaching his "Triathloning for Ordinary Mortals Training Program," a five-hour-a-week, 13-week program to train you for your race. Also covered in the manual is equipment and nutrition. Jonas's style of writing is accessible to the layperson--he doesn't burden you with technical terms or complicated zones or training levels. He even goes through an entire race with you, from the night before to putting air in your bike tires through the actual events right up to the aftermath of the race. The terrific appendix includes diagrams of stretches. While this isn't the book for a seasoned runner looking to improve his overall time, this is the ideal book to provide guidance and encouragement for newbies to the sport. Reading just a few chapters will have you itching to start racing. --Jenny Brown --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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When I finished the plan (taking you from SLOW running gradually increacing intensity over weeks and weeks), I was ready for my first Triathlon - The San Jose International - a 3/4 mile swim, 20 mile bike and a 6 mile run. No, I didn't win of course, but I finished! The process was so gradual, I KNEW I could do it every step of the way...
What a great feeling! I lost ove 30 pounds of fat in the process, too! This is the ONLY kind of training I have ever STUCK with!
I am about to do a HALF Ironman his weekend (TBF Half Ironman in Sacramento).
None of this ever would've happened if it weren't for me picking up this book...
I rated this book 4 stars because it is an old 5 star book.
First, this book is for rank beginners. If you say, "Gee, I want to try this cross-training thing called a triathlon . . .um, where do I start?", then this is the book for you.
Second, the book IS DATED. It was originally written in 1984 and updated in 1996. A lot has happened since then; distances have been standardized, new equipment and techniqes have evolved, advances in nutrition and kinesiology.
Now, my reivew.
This is a marvelous book in a lot of ways. If you have no clue how to get started, this book will help you a lot. Unlike some of the reviewers here, and as stated by the author, this is TRIATHLONING FOR ORDINDARY MORTALS. Dr. Jonas lays out a program of exercise that rank amatuers can accomplish. He presents this information in a way that you can directly apply without a coach. The object of the book, as stated on page 23:
"This book is for you if you an average recreational endurance athlete of modest ability who would like to do a triathlon of modest proportions [Olympic]. It is also for you if you are not yet 'average recreational endurance athlete of modest ability' but would like to become one, with the goal in mind of doing a triathlon of modest proportions'" . . .This book is not for you if your ambition is to do an 'Ironman' triathlon."
Phase One is a three month prelude to developing an aerobic base, to get you used to exercising. Phase Two is a six month program to get you sufficiently fit to train for a triathlon. Phase Three is a three month program to COMPLETE a triathlon.Read more ›
Just as the book promises my time was not great, but I was able to enjoy every moment of the event and finish the race.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book for beginners. I enjoyed the authors humor and style. This was a good place for me to start my triathlon adventures.Published 22 months ago by Mark
I am coming up on my first sprint triathlon within a few months of purchase of the book. Give yourself at least 3-4 months to be able to follow the training suggestions/guidelines... Read morePublished on March 13, 2014 by Damian U. Garcia
Well written and interesting reading. The author was a participant at one of my first tri's. He is amazing.Published on January 30, 2010 by Ed
This book takes a sane, low-key approach to triathloning. The author did his first one when he was about 45. Read morePublished on August 17, 2007 by William Warshauer
If you've been wanting to get into triathlon, but you don't know where to start, this book is full of programs for you to get started on.Published on April 10, 2007 by Marina Kushner
I love this book because it gives you a normal everyday mojo's perspective on triathlons and duathlons. I recommend it to anyone who is a beginner.Published on August 3, 2006 by Grace A. Daniel
While the training schedule is nice and well explained - the premise of the training schedule is based on minutes exercised, rather than distance. Read morePublished on January 21, 2002