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5.0 out of 5 stars Kearns' book joins the best titles on triathlon:, December 30, 2005
This review is from: Breakthrough Triathlon Training: How to Balance Your Busy Life, Avoid Burnout and Achieve Triathlon Peak Performance (Paperback)
It's a refreshing and informed read from one of the sport's great semi-unsung stars.

Kearns looks into the very foundations of training for our sport with a very heavy emphasis on the lifestyle surrounding training for triathlons. Perhaps more than any book in recent memory Kearns also (for better or worse) delves into the training and, more importantly, lifestyle regimes of the top pro triathletes. He isn;t recommending their workouts, but more illustrating their lifestyle habits and especially their pro-active rest and recovery routines.

The Phil Maffetone/Mike Pigg relationship is re-hashed here as it is in Maffetone's own books. For those not exposed to the (now out of print) books by Phil Maffetone this is eye opening stuff. I wager few athletes, especially new athletes, would ever have the patience to ascribe to a Maffetone style program in thie age of "13 weeks to an Ironman" style fast-food, on line coached programs, and this different slant on training philosophies is one many athletes ought learn about, especially new athletes.

Kearns writes extensively about motivation, particularly his concept of "pure" motivation. His discussions of secluding oneself and training in exile return such a pleasant simplicity to the notion of the sport. If nothing else, this part of the book painted a beautiful picture of th best part of sport: Self-indulgent, dedicated and simple training. That is the ultimate luxury. Since I am headed to a ten day traithlon training camp in about three weeks the timing on reading this couldn't have been better.

When I started doing triathlons in 1984 there were no books in print on how to prepare for the sport. Now Amazon lists 138 titles. I have read over half of them. Most are quite poor. Brad Kearns' new book, Breakthrough Triathlon Training is a worthy and welcome edition to the few very good books on the sport. It joins The Triathletes Training Bible and Going Long as well as a fewothers as "must read-must own" books for every triathlete.
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