- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (December 2, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071462791
- ISBN-13: 978-0071462792
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,004,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Breakthrough Triathlon Training: How to Balance Your Busy Life, Avoid Burnout and Achieve Triathlon Peak Performance Paperback – November 11, 2005
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From the Back Cover
"Breakthrough Triathlon Training will help you connect with that deep love of the sport that can be your greatest weapon for success."
--Lance Armstrong, from the foreword
Get on the journey to peak performance with this inspirational training guide
From former top-ranked professional triathlete and thirty-time winner Brad Kearns, this simple and refreshing guide to reaching your personal best will help you discover your own abilities, identify your weaknesses, and overcome pitfalls on the way to triathlon success. Like having your own personal trainer to guide and inspire you, this unique book covers much more than just physical conditioning, giving you the mental preparation and toughness you need on the road and in the water.
Using a holistic approach as he addresses every level of the sport, Kearns shows you how to:
- Use the power of pure motivation to perform at your ultimate potential
- Train your body properly for peak performance
- Discover the secret regimens of top endurance athletes and how to make them work for you
- Design a personalized weekly, monthly, and annual training schedule
- Give every single workout a specific purpose to avoid burnout
Filled with sample exercises and flexible workout schedules, this inspirational guide helps you fit the demands of triathlon training into everyday life--and enrich the way you live every day.
About the Author
Brad Kearns is a noted speaker, author, and coach in the fitness world. During his career as a triathlete, he was one of the world's top-ranked professionals, amassing more than thirty wins worldwide on the pro circuit. He lives in Auburn, California.
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"Breakthrough Triathlon Training" is a must-have for your library.
Yes, the repetitious messages may drive you a little nuts. But as with any successful advertising or propaganda message delivery, the signal gets through. Curse Brad Kearns for telling yet another story to make the same point. But after you've tossed the book onto the couch and you're out running, biking or swimming? You'll REMEMBER his points.
And his points are great.
I'm trail running with weights. Typically I run into the park, do two of my "standard loops," and run out. 75 minutes. Great aerobic workout.
Yesterday, per Kearns' philosophy I ran the 2nd loop with the mindset, "I'll go round, but in a way that if I choose to run a 3rd loop I'll be able to." And so I did.
At the end of loop 2? I felt great. I decided to run a 3rd loop which I only occasionally do. And -- I did loop 3 with the attitude, "Who knows, I may decide to do a 4th loop."
At the end of loop 3? I went for a 4th loop. I've never done this before. I've never run that distance, nor run for that length of time (2.5 hours).
And if felt great.
Brad Kearns' is onto something and I don't think it's coincidence that his triathlon book has an intro by Lance Armstrong while other books don't.
To repeat my message: this book needs to be part of your library. It'll give you the right mind-set for training. You can get all the OCD info you need elsewhere. But unlike those with only the OCD minutiae, you'll have a much better sense of how to apply it and apply it in a healthy manner.
Dr. Kirtland C Peterson
I'll summarize the main ideas in this book to save you the time:
1) Train only for the enjoyment of reaching "peak performance." The author calls this "pure motivation." I thought this was simply too abstract to be helpful.
2) Aerobic training is the indispensible base for triathletes - anaerobic training must come second and be built upon the long-distance training you accumulate and maintain over time.
3) Rest adequately between "key workouts," the workouts that push your limits, are planned fluidly around your life, etc.
4) Gradually intensify workouts as you become more fit. Do the workout that benefits you most. One suggestion: the 100/10 "brick" (ie 50 miles biking followed by a 5 mile run).
There, I saved you $10. This book is a standout guide for building your mental toughness and motivating you to enjoy your amateur triathlon career. It, however, should be regarded as a companion to other books that can offer you more concrete information about training, especially if you're new to the sport.
Don't commit your life to training, but don't be lazy.
Perform "breakthrough" (difficult) training seesions once or twice a week, the rest is filler.
Sometimes less is more.
That's it. Plenty of people think this book is revolutionary, but it did nothing for me.
Most recent customer reviews
This is a very good first read when starting training.