- Paperback: 323 pages
- Publisher: VeloPress; 2nd edition (January 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1931382921
- ISBN-13: 978-1931382922
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Training Plans for Multisport Athletes: Your Essential Guide to Triathlon, Duathlon, Xterra, Ironman & Endurance Racing Paperback – Unabridged, January 1, 2007
About the Author
Gale Bernhardt is one of a handful of USA Triathlon World Cup coaches and has coached athletes in two Olympic Games. She traveled to Athens, Greece as the 2004 USA Triathlon Olympic Coach for both the men's and women's triathlon teams. This honor was in addition to the selection by USA Triathlon as the 2003 Pan American Games Coach for both the men's and women's teams. Her first Olympic experience was as a personal cycling coach at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games
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 levels possible in both organizations. She has served on the USA Triathlon National Coaching Committee from 2000 to the present and was in a leadership role for five consecutive years.
She is a longtime contributor to Active.com and has written for a variety of endurance sports magazines.
Top Customer Reviews
Similar books include Niles's "Time Saving Training for Multisport Athletes" and Friel's "The Triathlete's Training Bible," both of which I would recommend alongside Bernhard's work. However, there are important differences among these books. Niles is a great concise overview of the why of training in a time saving manner and gives some good examples of how to do it. His chapters are easy to read, and brief. Niles provides some workouts, but only a few week's worth.
Friel's book, aptly named, is a must have since it clearly explains, in appropriate depth, the components of triathlon, and how and why to train for them in certain ways. His book is thorough, yet not overwhelming. The book helps you plan your training year and get started on a program, but does not provide daily plans-you need to make those yourself.
Bernhardt's book differs (and adds value, in my opinion) from the others because she provides workout plans that are already made: the plans are detailed to the specific day, and targeted to specific audience members, providing a ready made formula for success for a wide range of athletes, from the beginning sprint triathlete to the seasoned duathlete and Ironman competitor. She also has plans for improving sprint and olympic distance triathlon as well as duathlon performance.
This book bridges the gap between Niles and Friel--Niles gives you some example workouts, but only a few week's worth.Read more ›
The book does stay at a fairly high level. It takes more of the "trust me this will work" approach. If you're interested in the theory behind the book or want to spend time developing a HIGHLY tailored plan, I would recommend Joe Friel's Triathlete's Training Bible ... , but for most people this is too much information. Both books are based on the same training methodology and the authors work closely together.
The one thing that this book doesn't cover that many triathlete's need help with is how to swim correctly and easily. For this I would recommend one of Terry Laughlin's books ... . Spend a couple months doing his drill progression and swimming will be the least of your concerns in a triathlon.
In short, this is a phenomenal traing tool that will help all levels of athletes reach their and exceed their goals in a large variety of multisport events.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has a ton of great training plans for just about every level. The way the information is presented is a little confusing with all of the codes and references to various... Read morePublished 9 months ago by King of the Lake
I enjoyed the way this book is structured. Although I am already a cycling coach, I wanted to understand more about the multi-sport athlete. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mark
Does the job if your a newbie to triathlon training and need basic guidance. A bit tedious and frustrating to understand the workout codes on the plans, and always having to dig... Read morePublished 15 months ago by J. Jurado
If you want to train for a multi-sport event and not sure where to start this is the "Perfect Book". Read morePublished 16 months ago by Deer Hunter
This book is a very good tip for everyday training,it help a lot especially for beginner athlete like me and my friends.Published on June 26, 2014 by Mark Isip