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"If you truly want to see just how good you can be, get a copy of Friel's latest training manual, Your Best Triathlon." -- Active.com

"From one of the most trusted coaches in the sport, Your Best Triathlon is the culmination of decades of experience helping committed athletes achieve their best race ever. Following his plan, even mid-season as I have, I've found a happy medium of self-coaching and learning from one of the best." -- LAVA magazine

"Joe Friel's new book Your Best Triathlon: Advanced Training for Serious Triathletes takes his Training Bible series to a new level of sophistication and detail. Friel writes from a coach's perspective, tackling all race distances in a well-organized, easy-to-follow format." -- Everymantri

"Highly functional and a must read for any self-coached triathlete. A fantastic tool to place into your triathlon toolkit." -- TriMadness

"25 years of active multisport coaching has proven that Joe Friel has an unprecedented understanding of endurance sports. As a multiple triathlon world champion, I would consider Joe as one of the leading figures in triathlon coaching today. Joe's professional approach and practical understanding of sports physiology has helped many endurance athletes of all abilities reach their full athletic potential." -- Simon Lessing, 5-time Triathlon World Champion

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You've imagined the exhilaration of crossing the finish line in record time. Now make it a reality.
Start training for your best race with Joe Friel--the most experienced coach in triathlon." Your Best Triathlon" is a master plan that will guide you through every week of your season. As you begin each phase of training, Joe lays out your path to success, outlining clear objectives and the guidelines to meet them.
Joe Friel's highly refined training plans for sprint, Olympic, half-Ironman(R), and Ironman(R) race distances will help you deliver a breakout performance, even if you're a veteran triathlete with countless races under your belt. Joe gives you a tool kit of proven workouts that will isolate and develop specific abilities. Within each workout and plan, he offers easy modifications to better manage your limiters and improve your performance.
Hundreds of thousands of triathletes have relied on Joe Friel and his groundbreaking best seller, "The Triathlete's Training Bible," to develop their own selfcoached training programs. Now Joe reveals his formula for advanced training and coaches you to your best triathlon ever.
With over 30 years of experience coaching elite and age-group athletes, Joe Friel is one of the world's most experienced and respected triathlon coaches. He is an elite-certified USA Triathlon and USA Cycling coach and holds a master's degree in exercise science. His triathlon books "The Triathlete's Training Bible," "Your First Triathlon," and "Going Long" (coauthor) are best-selling training resources in endurance sports.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030622
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought many books last year (2012) since my wife told me that she wanted to do a full triathlon race this year (2013). Before 2013, her races are limited to few marathons, 50Ks, and 1 double marathon. She has never done any real triathlon race - meaning no swim and bike background. Her marathon PR was 3:24 - so now you know her athletic ability to judge how the training turned out to be.

Here are the books I bought:
The Triathlete's Training Bible
Be Iron Fit by Don Fink
Ironman Start to Finish, 24 Weeks to an Endurance Triathlon
Iron Planner
Training Plans for Multisport Athletes
Complete Triathlon Book by Matt Fitzgerald
Essential Week-by-Week Training Guide by Matt Fitzgerald

In addition, I bought some biking related books and other swimming related books.

If you are going to buy just one book, I recommend "Your Best Triathlon" above anything else - that is if you are going to use the heart zone, pace zone, and power zone related training. If you aren't interested in using any of those, you can just use Matth Fitzgerald's Essential Week-by-Week, but I found it not very much helping if you are serious about the training. My wife told me that she wanted to finish her first full triathlon race within 12 hours.

I believe that "Your Best Triathlon" is a much better book than the classic, "the Triathlete's Training Bible" by the same author. It pretty much explains everything you need to know along with a sample workout plan that you can use... providing you know your zone, etc. I used the book as the foundation for the training plan, then changed a bit here and there as needed.

Here are the results:
Olympic Triathlon in May (her first open water): 2:59:39 - a bad race...
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This is the most useful and interesting book that I've read on training. I've actually read it cover-to-cover, which is weird.

Here's what you get: complete training schedules for Sprint, Olympic, Half-Ironman and Ironman. Given - at best - around 25 weeks to your main race of the season, training is broken down into parts: Prep, Base 1-3, Build 1 and 2, Peak and Race.

The phases are addressed separately, so you get a Prep chapter, 3 Base chapters and ... you get the picture. The chapters address specific training skills for each sport at each level e.g. several specific speed drills for bike pedaling during Base 1. But they also address and evolve your internal process. It's thorough, specific and often original.

I worried I would need to read his earlier book but it wasn't necessary.
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This is simply a must have for anyone wishing to train seriously! Your provided with sample training sessions for various distances. It makes training at the correct intensity and volume simple!
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This is a good addition to Friel's Training Bible. It actually includes training plans, which is nice, and helps the reader focus on the individual's goals, not only for the year, or race...but also to focus on the goal of each training session.
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This book is ideal for anyone who wants to improve their training strategies. Many of us dive into the sport of triathlon ready to "hit the ground running" and unfortunately, never take methodical steps to build the basic and essential components to succeed in endurance racing. "Your Best Triathlon" may have saved me from a few frustrating years of questioning my athletic progress and potential. I also appreciate Friel's scientifically sound reasoning behind many endurance principles and training regimens. Great for workout planning AND leisure reading!
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An excellent training partner for triathletes of varying types but is directed more toward at those who already have an understanding of training techniques and as such abbreviations of workout type(s). A great supplement to triathletes bible as it is somewhat assumed you are already applying these workouts or have access to the first book for these. Well written and could certainly set you up for a successful race or season.
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The title of this book was enough to grab my interest.
Respected triathlon coach Joe Friel offers a detailed outline of training plans for different length races for each period of training. Reading it is like having Friel looking over your shoulder as you train. Friel helps you set goals and select races, diagnose what is holding you back and how power works, and understand the importance and planning of seasonal training. Basically this is about Prep, Base, Build and Peak periods before Race week and then Transition.
In the base period he explains how we need to build fitness (aerobic capacity, lactate threshold and efficiency) and emphasise duration and getting ready to train hard. Friel offers helpful advice, for example building efficiency in swimming through more frequent short sessions, and in running with hill repeats and drills. The basic abilities to develop in the Base period are Aerobic endurance (through training at low steady long Zone 2 efforts), Force (through repetitions at high intensity) and Speed Skills. These are the broad base of the pyramid to build with volume before building advanced race performance abilities of Muscular endurance, Anaerobic endurance and Power. Of the three, muscular endurance is most important for triathletes and especially long-distance Ironman athletes, and intensity to build this is the focus of the Build period.
In the Build period we do workouts more like the event we are training for, including practising holding back early on for ideal pacing and pushing through to bring it home. It is critical to go hard for the hard workouts and easy for easy ones to recover (in Zone 1 and focusing on technique). It is also good to go lighter with gym leg work. For Ironman, the most important focus is aerobic endurance, e.g. zone 2 weekly 2.
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