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Trizophrenia: Inside the Minds of a Triathlete Paperback – November 1, 2009

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"A funny, heartfelt, serious work of evangelism." -- Peter Sagal, host of NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! and contributor to Runner's World magazine

"Jef Mallett's comics seem to frequently express something I've done or thought of myself while training. Trizophrenia is no different. Jef has a good sense of what others in the sport are thinking. If you're a triathlete, I'm sure you will enjoy the book. It's a quick read and will leave you contemplating what you do so seriously many hours a day while chuckling at the same time." -- Joe Friel, founder of TrainingBible Coaching and author of The Triathlete's Training Bible

"Jef Mallett is a gifted, funny fellow. I enjoyed dipping in and out of Trizophrenia." -- Scott Tinley

"Following Frazz is like seeing my favorite racer winning every stage of the Tour de France. Just when I think he can't be any cooler he comes up with yet another funny truth to show me how spectacular the world really is." -- Andy Hampsten

"Jef Mallett fearlessly mines truths--sometimes uncomfortable truths--with humor and wit, and occasionally with a poignancy that can summon tears." -- Gene Weingarten, Below the Beltway columnist for The Washington Post

"I love Frazz--the way he deals with real problems and people, and makes it look so easy. He's a cool guy. Frazz says more in a few words than anyone on the comic strip page. I love him. Once you see Frazz talking about you, you know you've arrived." -- Elmore Leonard, author

"Whether you're twelve years old or pushing eighty, Frazz is the smartest comic strip going--sly, satirical, and unabashedly literate." -- Carl Hiaasen, author

"Trizophrenia would make a great gift for someone who's cheered at a lot of triathlons, someone thinking about getting into triathlons, someone training for their first triathlon, or someone who's been competing in triathlons for years." -- Steve in a Speedo

"Trizophrenia is a wonderfully humorous and informative book. I was instantly pulled into the world of a triathlete and soon realized that they may even be slightly crazier than long-distance runners. By the time I finished reading the book, I was thinking, "Hey, maybe I can actually complete a triathlon." -- Runner Dude

"Jef Mallett, the award-winning creator of the syndicated comic strip Frazz, unravels the sport's mystery and madness while raising it to new heights of hilarity." -- Humble Triathlete

"Trizophrenia is no snobbish elite-athletes-only affair. Mallett's raucous humor abounds, his illustrations are hilarious, and the footnotes add to the guffaws." -- Grand Rapids Press

"Combining great wit, detailed footnotes and comical cartoons, Trizophrenia is a great read for any cyclist, swimmer, runner, tri geek." -- BicycleSmile.com

"I understand the compulsions that come with triathlon; the training, the cost, the competition, the early mornings, the energy gels that masquerade as food. Jef Mallett makes these easily accessible to the great unwashed. His writing is smooth and clear and carries you along with a sense of fun the surrounds every sentence. Trizophrenia is a fun and informative read for anyone who loves time on a bike, on the road, or in the water." -- Greg Moody, author and critic for CBS 4 Denver

"In Trizophrenia, Mallet uses humor to make pain interesting and entertaining, as he presents the trials and tribulations of the elite athletes who swim, bike and run, all in the same race." -- Lansing City Pulse

About the Author

Jef Mallett is the author and illustrator of the nationally syndicated comic strip "Frazz", which runs in over 160 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada and at comics.com/frazz. Jef has published three collections of "Frazz" illustrations, Frazz 3.14159…, Frazz, Live at Bryson Elementary, and 99 Percent Perspiration. He also illustrated Jamie Smith's book, Roadie: The Misunderstood World of a Bike Racer. Jef writes a regular column for Inside Triathlon and Triathlete magazines and is a contributing artist for VeloNews magazine. Jef has been racing triathlons on and off since the early '80s, alternating between triathlon and bike racing. He finished his first Ironman in fall 2008.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030448
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Triathlon is like a highly addictive drug. You start small, maybe a sprint with a pool swim and your old mountain bike, just to get a taste. Soon you are planning your life around your workout schedule, traveling with more luggage than the rest of your family combined, and obsessively tracking your diet to ensure you are fueled the right amount at the right time.

This book is an intervention. Not to dissuade you from the awesomeness of triathlon, but to put it in perspective. Jef Mallett (author of Frazz) uses humor to highlight some of the weird-but-true triathlete behavior (like how very hard it is to take a rest day).

The afterword by his wife is also spot-on (or so says my wife).
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It's a nice book overall... well written, funny and with nice statements sometimes...
However, It's more interesting for people who are thinking about join the triathlon communiting or who are just starting in the sport... For more experience Triathletes... It's a little bit "boring" sometimes because it just relates over and over what we are so used to do so often...

And it's not a problem at all... but for me particularly... The great amount of footnotes in the end of the chapters are REALLY REALLY ANNOYING!!!!!!!

But I wound recomend the book for begginers anyway...
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This book is hilarious! I wish there were more like it. It is so easy to apply humor to endurance sports that I'm surprised there aren't more books like this one, actually. With such a tendency to take the sport so seriously, finding a humor-centric approach was very refreshing. I really recommend this book to anyone who is involved in athletics, since so many principles that are discussed in the book carry over very easily, eg., discipline, determination, effort. On a more personal note, I am so happy that I ordered this book because I am a beginner triathlete and this book taught me that I wasn't alone in my experiences. Finding out that almost every triathlete made the same mistakes I did was so reassuring.

However, I should warn any reader to be very cautious of your social surroundings while reading the book. Laughing out loud, especially on public transport, tends to elicit strange stares from your neighbors.
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This is a hilarious book filled with anecdotes and even a little information about triathlons, triathletes, triathlon equipment, etc. Unfortunately, the book seems to be aimed at those who have never done a triathlon before, but most of the humor in the book will appeal more to existing triathletes. I'm just not sure that beginning triathletes are going to bother buying a book that is, essentially, a parody of an introduction to the sport, and I doubt that many seasoned triathletes will bother buying a book that is so introductory, even if it is a parody. That being said, I have immensely enjoyed the book, the footnotes (~50% of the text!), and especially the illustrations. I personally bought this book because I recognized Jef Mallet's illustrations, and I wanted a light read. In that context, I have not been disappointed, and I hope it manages to sell well despite the aforementioned target audience problem.
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By Jason on January 17, 2013
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It's like this book climbed into my mind and read me. I couldn't put it down and was laughing out loud on the commuter train. If you are a Triathlete, it's great. If you know a Triathlete, it'll help you understand why we are the way we are.

The only issue is there are an abundance of footnotes. If you can handle to disruption to the flow, it's very humorous. Again, it's like they were just translating my mind.
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Quick review 'cause I gotta get out and do a brick. Jef Mallett nails this! He truly captures the angst, joy, satisfaction, stomach churns, and inexplicability that tangles its way through triathletes. By doing so, he gives us the gift of great peace in knowing We Are Not Alone. He makes you laugh a lot (good cross training, btw). Woven in here are myriad tips for being ok with wherever you are in this great sport, however old you are (I'm an "older" convert), and for how to improve if you want to. A big plus: You'll find yourself reading pieces of this to your baffled partner and cheerleaders and skeptics and see the light come on in their heads. They won't be any less baffled, but they will be more understanding!
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If you're even thinking about triathlon, this book covers it all in a humorous style with plenty of facts intertwined with sideways observations and tips that can only come from experience and love of the sport. Jef Mallett does an excellent job of laughing at himself and the obsession that is triathlon, and lets the reader in on the quirks and triumphs that go with the hobby. Do we really spend as much $$ as golfers? To suffer?
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Yes, I'm one of them. I'm a longtime triathlete - more than 15 years now - and I've read and written hundreds of race reports and training articles. This book is different. It's fun and refreshing and I can only laugh at my obsessed, type A self as I reach through the chapters in the book. If you're serious about triathlon or just contemplating doing one, this is an entertaining walk on the lighter side of triathlon.
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