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Triathlete Magazine's Essential Week-by-Week Training Guide: Plans, Scheduling Tips, and Workout Goals for Triathletes of All Levels Paperback – April 19, 2006

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style; 37420th edition (April 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446696765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446696760
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This seems like a great book and I only wish I bought the hard copy. The training schedules make up the majority of the book. The schedules are in table format and are NOT displaying correctly on the Kindle. The messed up display on the kindle is incredibly frustrating and renders the book unusable as you cannot decipher which workout codes go with what days. I am training for an olympic tri and was thrilled to get on a set training schedule. Now, I just feel ripped off. This should never have been offered under the Kindle edition and I am very upset that amazon and the publisher would allow this to happen. Paying $10 is not a lot, but its more than I am comfortable throwing away for nothing. If you want this book DO NOT BUY IT ON THE KINDLE!
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I bought this book for more access to training plans. The variety of plans and number of different fitness levels it offers is great. The key in it is great and fairly user friendly. I found that the plan I chose based on my "fitness level" according to the book seems a little ambitious so I found myself editing a lot of the plan. Also, some of the training plans require knowing where a 5-6% grade hill is that takes at least 1 min to bike up. I don't really know where one is and so that makes some of the workouts unable to do or extremely limiting. I also find some of the swimming workouts get to be very redundant, just adding on one extra hundred yards to the same workout every week. More importantly, I feel that for a beginner swimmer, these workouts require a lot of yardage and perhaps pushing too hard, too soon. I have been a competitive swimmer for 14 years so I can tune these practices to the ability of the swimmer, but if my boyfriend would've picked up the book and tried to do some of these workouts I think he might injure himself (shoulders). Overall, great book to get ideas, but some of the workouts are a little difficult to make it easy to fit into your schedule and location.
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When I was recommended this book, my first instinct was to not buy it because of how detailed the training plans are (I thought I preferred flexibility). I soon found out that there's a good reason why top performance requires discipline. This book is for anyone - beginner to Ironman contender. If you follow the exercises as prescribed, you'll see outstanding results. I shaved my 5k time by 3 minutes in just 4 weeks, learned how to swim well from being an absolute novice, and have gained enormous confidence in a sport that I thought would never be possible. This is a must-have training guide.
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I followed Level 6 in the IM distance for my first Ironman. The plan is well thought out, giving you one rest week in every four and builds you to peak week gradually, but methodically. Every workout has its purpose .... you're not wasting a moment of training. I won't say I never got tired, but I was never bored. I highly recommend this book to all triathletes!! I finished my first IM at Florida last weekend in 10:40. The plan works!!
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This is a great book for a self coached athlete. The training plans are very well described and easy to follow. 10 levels at all four distances provide plenty of flexibility when you change race goals and/or "level up" your fitness. I used the level 3/4 ironman training schedule and completed the my first Ironman in 11h18m in my first season (lets not even get into the problems with a rookie ironman). If you are willing to do a little learning about the science of training and take control of your training then this is a great book.
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I'd love to give this 5 stars. I have no doubt that anyone who follows their chosen plan will totally own the course. This book will also last you forever... there is a plan for every level of athlete from your first sprint to your Ironman Championships. It is enormous in size, so it's a good thing the readers will have nice strong swimmer's shoulders (for the price, I was really surprised to see such a gigantic book show up!). The plans are all extremely focused; in fact, the plans are SO focused, it may not really be for everyone... the workouts can be somewhat complicated to follow and almost cumbersome in their detail... Then again, I bet if you follow one of these plans in just its basic structure, you'll be very successful. My concern is that I dive into the Off Season Transition Phase Plan, I can not find the code legend for "CDS" workouts. I imagine these are Cycling Drill Sets, but after searching each of the 472 pages multiple times, I can not find a definition for that code. That alone does not make a huge difference in the use of this book - I'll extrapolate some of the other code definitions to come up with some structure for the cycling drills and have a great transition into my training, I am sure... BUT I worry about what other editing errors might be in the book. I don't want that kind of confusion in my half ironman training. Overall, great book that I would recommend to anyone who wants structured workouts and triathlon success. Good Luck to all!
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Good: Not just your average 1.5 hours bike, 30 min run kind of workouts. These are actually detailed workouts for each sport.
Bad: Figuring out what your calendar for the week is like a science project. The calendar is full of codes like BRW12A. You need to page through the beginning of the chapter to find what the code actually means. Sometimes you need to page to different chapters because the workout is missing from the chapter. Other times the workout is missing completely so you just have to find a similar one. The book should come with a code to download an ical from the web with full details.
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