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.
Good book for beginners. I enjoyed the authors humor and style. This was a good place for me to start my triathlon adventures.Published 2 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 6 months ago 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
This book is a great way to enter the world of triathlon. I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because it is slightly incomplete and references other books. Read morePublished on November 12, 2003 by Thomas A. Delaney
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