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Trizophrenia: Inside the Minds of a Triathlete [Kindle Edition]

Jef Mallett , Peter Sagal
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Book Description

Life is better when you're a triathlete. That is what author and triathlete Jef Mallett believes, and millions of triathletes around the world agree.

Trizophrenia: Inside the Minds of the Triathlete, by nationally syndicated illustrator and veteran triathlete Jef Mallett, offers up the first exploration of the triathlon lifestyle. With the same humor and insight readers love in his "Frazz" comic strip, Mallett delves into the intoxicating subculture of the sport that is three sports.

Mallett unveils the triathlete's obsessive-compulsive need for the rituals of the sport: eat, swim, eat, work, eat, ride, eat, work, eat, run, eat, go to bed early. Get up at dawn and do it all over again.

Packed with illustrations that bring to life the countless conundrums a triathlete embraces every day, Mallett's light-hearted declaration of love for his sport will convince anyone that life is more worth living when you’re a triathlete.

Editorial Reviews


"A funny, heartfelt, serious work of evangelism." — Peter Sagal, host of NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! and contributor to Runner's World magazine

"Jef Mallett's comics seem to frequently express something I've done or thought of myself while training. Trizophrenia is no different. Jef has a good sense of what others in the sport are thinking. If you're a triathlete, I'm sure you will enjoy the book. It's a quick read and will leave you contemplating what you do so seriously many hours a day while chuckling at the same time." — Joe Friel, founder of TrainingBible Coaching and author of The Triathlete's Training Bible

“Jef Mallett is a gifted, funny fellow. I enjoyed dipping in and out of Trizophrenia.” — Scott Tinley

"Following Frazz is like seeing my favorite racer winning every stage of the Tour de France. Just when I think he can't be any cooler he comes up with yet another funny truth to show me how spectacular the world really is." — Andy Hampsten

"Jef Mallett fearlessly mines truths—sometimes uncomfortable truths—with humor and wit, and occasionally with a poignancy that can summon tears." — Gene Weingarten, Below the Beltway columnist for The Washington Post

"I love Frazz—the way he deals with real problems and people, and makes it look so easy. He's a cool guy. Frazz says more in a few words than anyone on the comic strip page. I love him. Once you see Frazz talking about you, you know you've arrived." — Elmore Leonard, author

"Whether you're twelve years old or pushing eighty, Frazz is the smartest comic strip going—sly, satirical, and unabashedly literate." — Carl Hiaasen, author

"Trizophrenia would make a great gift for someone who's cheered at a lot of triathlons, someone thinking about getting into triathlons, someone training for their first triathlon, or someone who's been competing in triathlons for years." — Steve in a Speedo

"Trizophrenia is a wonderfully humorous and informative book. I was instantly pulled into the world of a triathlete and soon realized that they may even be slightly crazier than long-distance runners. By the time I finished reading the book, I was thinking, "Hey, maybe I can actually complete a triathlon." — Runner Dude

"Jef Mallett, the award-winning creator of the syndicated comic strip Frazz, unravels the sport's mystery and madness while raising it to new heights of hilarity." — Humble Triathlete

"Trizophrenia is no snobbish elite-athletes-only affair. Mallett’s raucous humor abounds, his illustrations are hilarious, and the footnotes add to the guffaws." — Grand Rapids Press

“Combining great wit, detailed footnotes and comical cartoons, Trizophrenia is a great read for any cyclist, swimmer, runner, tri geek.” —

"I understand the compulsions that come with triathlon; the training, the cost, the competition, the early mornings, the energy gels that masquerade as food. Jef Mallett makes these easily accessible to the great unwashed. His writing is smooth and clear and carries you along with a sense of fun the surrounds every sentence. Trizophrenia is a fun and informative read for anyone who loves time on a bike, on the road, or in the water." — Greg Moody, author and critic for CBS 4 Denver

“In Trizophrenia, Mallet uses humor to make pain interesting and entertaining, as he presents the trials and tribulations of the elite athletes who swim, bike and run, all in the same race.” — Lansing City Pulse

About the Author

Jef Mallett is the author and illustrator of the nationally syndicated comic strip "Frazz", which runs in over 160 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada and at Jef has published three collections of "Frazz" illustrations, Frazz 3.14159…, Frazz, Live at Bryson Elementary, and 99 Percent Perspiration. He also illustrated Jamie Smith's book, Roadie: The Misunderstood World of a Bike Racer. Jef writes a regular column for Inside Triathlon and Triathlete magazines and is a contributing artist for VeloNews magazine. Jef has been racing triathlons on and off since the early '80s, alternating between triathlon and bike racing. He finished his first Ironman in fall 2008.

Product Details

  • File Size: 8090 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress (October 9, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937716031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937716035
  • ASIN: B006T0BQWG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,760 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book is aimed at those who are perhaps runners or cyclists¹ or maybe just were in high school or college² and who wonder if, perhaps, triathlon might be right for them³, to either increase their fitness or get back into any sort of fitness regime at all⁴.

There are many⁵ funny bits in this book and a lot of little details that someone might not think to ask⁶ but are very helpful⁷. The whole book is illustrated as well⁸. Surprisingly, while the illustrations do, ah, illustrate what is being talked about in the book⁹, they aren't necessarily comic¹⁰ or funny¹¹.

The main thing that bugged me about this book were the copious notes¹² at the bottom of most¹³ pages. These are super¹⁴scripted throughout the rest of the text, and done so in a really awkward¹⁵ way¹⁶. They don't usually make sense on their own¹⁷, and the numbers are easy to miss¹⁸, causing me some frustration¹⁹ going back and forth on many²⁰ of the pages.

¹ I get the impression not so much swimmers, but maybe swimmers are simply less prevalent.
² In other words, Al Bundy-esque couch potatoes just sitting around reliving former glory.
³ Or a spouse. This could make a great gift for that spouse that's just moping around the house all the time.
⁴ Please see number ² about the Al Bundy-esque couch potato
⁵ Adjective, constituting or forming a large number; numerous: many people.
⁶ Will I need to buy new shoes all the time because I'm peeing on them?
⁷ But good luck finding them later.
⁸ Not surprising since drawing comics is what the author does for a living.
⁹ I guess that must be Bob Dylan stepping on the tail of a cat
¹⁰ See what I did there? Comic? The author writes/draws comics? Haha.
¹¹ And I have a lot of experience with not funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is a hilarious book filled with anecdotes and even a little information about triathlons, triathletes, triathlon equipment, etc. Unfortunately, the book seems to be aimed at those who have never done a triathlon before, but most of the humor in the book will appeal more to existing triathletes. I'm just not sure that beginning triathletes are going to bother buying a book that is, essentially, a parody of an introduction to the sport, and I doubt that many seasoned triathletes will bother buying a book that is so introductory, even if it is a parody. That being said, I have immensely enjoyed the book, the footnotes (~50% of the text!), and especially the illustrations. I personally bought this book because I recognized Jef Mallet's illustrations, and I wanted a light read. In that context, I have not been disappointed, and I hope it manages to sell well despite the aforementioned target audience problem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hillarious, Effective, and On The Mark September 28, 2010
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Quick review 'cause I gotta get out and do a brick. Jef Mallett nails this! He truly captures the angst, joy, satisfaction, stomach churns, and inexplicability that tangles its way through triathletes. By doing so, he gives us the gift of great peace in knowing We Are Not Alone. He makes you laugh a lot (good cross training, btw). Woven in here are myriad tips for being ok with wherever you are in this great sport, however old you are (I'm an "older" convert), and for how to improve if you want to. A big plus: You'll find yourself reading pieces of this to your baffled partner and cheerleaders and skeptics and see the light come on in their heads. They won't be any less baffled, but they will be more understanding!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and funny February 24, 2014
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This book gives to non-triathletes a lot of realistic and funny descriptions about some situations that we, amateur triathletes, have passed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good for begginers! February 12, 2014
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It's a nice book overall... well written, funny and with nice statements sometimes...
However, It's more interesting for people who are thinking about join the triathlon communiting or who are just starting in the sport... For more experience Triathletes... It's a little bit "boring" sometimes because it just relates over and over what we are so used to do so often...

And it's not a problem at all... but for me particularly... The great amount of footnotes in the end of the chapters are REALLY REALLY ANNOYING!!!!!!!

But I wound recomend the book for begginers anyway...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jef Mallett delivers another winner May 21, 2013
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Purchased this as a gift for my Brother in Law, who competes in many marathons and triathlon events each year. He loves this book, as well as Mallett's Frazz comic strip.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it January 17, 2013
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It's like this book climbed into my mind and read me. I couldn't put it down and was laughing out loud on the commuter train. If you are a Triathlete, it's great. If you know a Triathlete, it'll help you understand why we are the way we are.

The only issue is there are an abundance of footnotes. If you can handle to disruption to the flow, it's very humorous. Again, it's like they were just translating my mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HILARIOUS!! October 28, 2012
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If you're even thinking about triathlon, this book covers it all in a humorous style with plenty of facts intertwined with sideways observations and tips that can only come from experience and love of the sport. Jef Mallett does an excellent job of laughing at himself and the obsession that is triathlon, and lets the reader in on the quirks and triumphs that go with the hobby. Do we really spend as much $$ as golfers? To suffer?
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While in high school, Jef Mallett produced a daily comic for the Pioneer in Big Rapids, MI. He later worked as a cartoonist, and as an art director and an editorial cartoonist for a chain of eight midsize dailies. He has written and illustrated the children's book Dangerous Dan, and has also served as an illustrator for other authors, including best-seller Mitch Albom. Jef is also a contributing editor for Inside Triathalon magazine. He lives in Lansing, MI. (

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