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"There are so many benefits to becoming a triathlete—maintaining a healthy lifestyle, gaining confidence in yourself, accomplishing personal goals and meeting some incredible people along the way. The sport of triathlon is a journey and this book is a great resource to guide you.”
— Mark Wilson, Race Director of HITS Triathlon Series

"This book is a must-read textbook for the success of all new triathletes. For established athletes, the priceless "pro" tips and information are critical for ramping up their efficiency and effectiveness to reach a new personal best."
— Frank Sole, Masters Swim Coach - Sole Swim Solutions

About the Author

Lewis Elliot is a professional triathlete, model & actor. He lives and trains in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Brett Stewart is an endurance athlete, fitness author and certified personal trainer living and training in Phoenix, AZ. 
Brett has written 7 Weeks to Getting Ripped, 7 Weeks to a Triathlon, Ultimate Obstacle Race Training, Ultimate Jump Rope Workouts, 7 Weeks to 300 Sit-Ups, 7 Weeks to 50 Pull-Ups and more!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612430961
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612430966
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 8.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just finished reading 7 Weeks To A Triathlon. At 41 years old I started reading this with a skeptical attitude that triathlon's were for the extreme work out fanatics I'd see from time to time at the health club. This type of training wasn't for me. So, with a somewhat open mind and a few friends whom have completed triathlon's I began my journey into the mysterious world of the über fit to see how they trained and would be able to complete a triathlon and learn their secrets.

What I was able to learn:
1. This is possible even for a somewhat fit 41 year old like myself whom can't swim, bike or run.
2. The goal is finishing not "winning".
3. I liked the training program and not having to think about what to do next to get in shape for each leg of the triathlon.
4. How to prepare for the race day and what to expect.

As a beginner preparing for my first triathlon I found 7 Weeks an invaluable guide to training and preparing for a triathlon. It eased my fears and gave me the sense that even at my age and fitness level that in only 7 weeks by following the program I could finish a triathlon and finally be able to talk some fitness trash to my buddies.

A must have for those beginners like myself to get over your training anxieties and give you the courage and belief that you too can complete a triathlon.
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If you want to complete your first triathlon, this book is a must have. The authors give an approachable way for anyone physically fit to take on their first tri race. Triathlon for the beginner is an interesting sport because it does incite anxiety. "Have I trained enough?" "What if I can't swim the whole distance?" "Did I remember everything I need to complete my race?" This book will help to calm those nerves. They walk you through every step from gear selection, race distance choice, training, even a race day checklist. If you are a more advanced triathlete there are some great bits of wisdom from pro Lewis Elliot as well as a solid training plan that most coaches would charge $150/mo for. The book is a bit disjointed, but for the price it is well worth the advice you'll receive.

Pros
- training plans are spot on for beginners and advanced athletes
- race day checklist is a great way to calm the nerves for your first race
- the pro tips are great!

Cons
- no middle ground advice for an intermediate athlete
- effort in each workout isn't discussed (although it is a nice skill to hone learning paces on your own)
- IMHO too much time spent on cross training
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As the sport of triathlon grows, books like this will become a staple if completing a triathlon is on your bucket list. In 2002, I met Lewis and was introduced into the triathlon world. Never in a million years did I think I would complete a triathlon, let alone an Ironman. A book like this would have calmed my fears and made it more of an adventure versus a fear factor event. The beauty of the book, is it applies to all levels of triathlon training. I am the Chairperson for Tri for the Cure and this book will become part of our training program for this event - even if it is a mini sprint triathlon. The basics still apply and the advice is solid. Pro Triathlete Lewis Elliot is an amazing role model and teacher to those at all levels. Thanks for sharing your secrets and breaking it down to achievable goals at any level. I cannot wait to roll this out to my network.
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This book provides a great introduction and overview to the amazing but confusing sport of Triathlon. The information and level of detail, will enable any beginner to worry less about the unknowns, and focus on the training. The authors do a great job a demystifying the grey area, and providing tips on what importnat. The program is systemically planned with amazing visuals and great recommendations. I wish this book was published 4 years ago - when I first got into triathlon.
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I'd checked out the book from the library and liked it. I bought the kindle version so I could see it on different devices, but never found one that could provide a reasonable viewing experience. The Kindle version of this book was clearly not formatted for a kindle. Made it useless. Had to buy the print edition later, which is great (the content is great, the kindle format was just horrible).
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This will get you started in the sport. An easy read! The workout plans are straightforward. This helped motivate me to get in shape for my first tri. There are helpful tips. Not a complete guide but the workouts are the main part. Super great!
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7 Weeks to a Triathlon is an awesome book! Written by Brett Stewart and Professional Triathlete, Lewis Elliot, this book is full of valuable information that some may go years without knowing and it is presented in a very clear, concise and understandable manner. Anyone who gets this book will have an edge in the sport of triathlon and will be well equipped to tackle the many exciting and fun challenges that triathlon has to offer. Expert tips and carefully planned workouts help you to excel in your efforts and make progress a tangible reality! Everybody has hidden potential and this book will help you to discover yours! You can't lose - this book is a winner and it will make you one, too!
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