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Workouts in a Binder: Swim Workouts for Triathletes Spiral-bound – October 4, 2002
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Gale's first Olympic experience was as the personal cycling coach for an individual cyclist at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Her athlete won the 2000 USA Cycling Pro National Championship race, which was also an Olympic team selection event. Winning this event meant a secure spot on the 2000 Olympic team.
In 2004 Gale was selected from a small number of top coaches to be the 2004 USA Triathlon Olympic Coach for both the men's and women's triathlon teams for the Athens, Greece Olympic Games. This honor was in addition to the selection by USA Triathlon to serve as the 2003 Pan American Games Coach for both the men's and women's teams.
Gale has instructed or coached athletes since 1974. She has a BS degree from Colorado State University, is certified as a Level I Coach by USA Cycling and a Level III Coach by USA Triathlon. These are the highest certifications available in both sports. She was among the first, small, group of Level III triathlon coaches certified. She served on the USA Triathlon National Coaching Committee from 2000 to 2006. She served as the committee chair-elect, immediately after joining the committee and went on to serve as the chairperson for five consecutive years.
She served as one of only a select, few USA Triathlon World Cup coaches. Her success and experience lead her to being selected as a World Cup Coach for the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Sport Development squad. She has worked internationally for the ITU as a World Cup coach and presenting at coaching clinics and corporate team championships.
You can find plenty of supplemental information to help you succeed in her books Training Plans for Multisport Athletes, Triathlon Training Basics, Bicycling for Women and Training Plans for Cyclists.
Gale created the Workouts in a Binder(R) product line and co-authored the first edition of Workouts in a Binder(R) for Triathletes, which quickly sold-out four printings. These handy workout cards help athletes and coaches optimize workouts and are waterproof to prevent destruction from water, sweat and dirt. This product line is constantly expanding to include new workouts and new authors.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is the perfect size to sit at the edge of the pool for mid-workout reference, and the sturdy spiral binding keeps your page in place. It will get absolutely soaking, and that's okay.
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But....the flaw...once you get it wet, it's nearly impossible to get it dry again!
The pages are waterproof, but they stick together and even a little splash seems to get every page wet. Unless you stand it up and open as many pages as you can, rotating this every couple hours for several days, you just can't get it dry before it starts to mildew and stink. I evn tried putting it in the dryer (on that removable non-rotating shelf) but unless you get those pages open, it won't dry.
Two solutions I've found- (1) take off the spiral binding, hole punch the pages (not easy, since the pages are plastic), but it into a binder, and just take a single page for the day's workout to the pool, or (2) keep the whole thing in a big ziploc bag, turning to the page you want first, then zipping it in for the pool. This work pretty well, and keeps you from owning "Stinky Workouts in a Binder".
While it doesn't matter if you swim in metres or yards, the book is written for a short course 25 metre/yard pool. If you're like me and have the luxury of a 50m pool, you'll find that some of the drills don't convert nicely to the long course.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have done one sprint triathlon, and fell in love with swimming as part of the training process. However, my training consisted of just swimming 2000 M. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book to help keep me on track during my swim workoutsPublished 10 months ago by Cheryl the runner, skier and triathlete.
There are more plans in this book than you'll ever need. Swimming is my weakest link of the three events in a triathlon and I thought the purchase of this book would inject a... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Meg
Great workout guide. Keeps swim workouts fresh. Binder is waterproof. Gives you plenty of workouts and mileage choices to guide you and keep workouts on task.Published on January 20, 2012 by H2O
Although the book includes detailed workout. It doesn't include training program (the one in the book is not detailed enough) i think the book is more nice to have than essential... Read morePublished on July 28, 2011 by Hanan Joseph
I have been using the binder three times a week since purchase and am very pleased. The workouts are great and there are plenty to change up the routines. Read morePublished on April 20, 2011 by L. Ramirez
I love this book! No more boring workouts staring at the lane line counting laps! My favorites are the Endurance/Form ones. And I love how scalable all the workouts are! Read morePublished on April 12, 2011 by kinneymc