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Your First Triathlon, 2nd Ed.: Race-Ready in 5 Hours a Week Paperback – April 1, 2012
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"Whether you're a beginning triathlete or a seasoned pro, Joe Friel is the leading authority on triathlon training." -- Ryan Bolton, Ironman winner, Olympian
"Joe Friel's wealth of knowledge in triathlon is astounding and he has a wonderful way of sharing that knowledge with all athletes: beginners to elite professionals. If you are looking to get off to a great start in this sport, you have come to the right place!" -- Siri Lindley, Triathlon World Champion
"Any new triathlete would greatly benefit from this book, and if you were to buy just one book for your first triathlon, this would be the one!" -- TriNewbies.com
"Joe does the hard work for the beginning triathlete by condensing, prioritizing, and simplifying all the science and practical experience which he has mastered over decades of coaching." -- Barb Lindquist, 2004 USA Olympic Team
"25 years of active multisport coaching has proven that Joe Friel has an unprecedented understanding of endurance sports. As a multiple triathlon world champion, I would consider Joe as one of the leading figures in triathlon coaching today. Joe's professional approach and practical understanding of sports physiology has helped many endurance athletes of all abilities reach their full athletic potential." -- Simon Lessing, 5-time Triathlon World Champion
"With his book, Your First Triathlon, Joe Friel uses his expert knowledge to help new triathletes use the same training principles that have made The Triathlete's Training Bible such a success." -- Gale Bernhardt, USA Triathlon Olympic Coach
From the Back Cover
Get ready for your first triathlon with the sports #1 coach!
Triathlon is the hottest new fitness challenge. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are swimming, cycling, and running their way to a healthier lifestyle. Finishing your first triathlon is an unforgettable experience, a milestone that can set you on a path to lifelong fitness.
Americas top triathlon coach, Joe Friel, has a practical training plan that will get you to the starting line in race-ready shapeall in just 5 hours per week. With his friendly advice and a sensible training plan, youll quickly gain the fitness and the confidence to enjoy your first triathlon.
Your First Triathlon offers training plans for beginners as well as plans for more experienced runners, cyclists, and swimmers. Four easy-to-use programs for sprint- or Olympic-distance events provide realistic workouts that will shape you into a triathlete.
Training plans: Easy to follow in under 5 hours a week
Workouts: Clearly explained for swim, bike, and run
Technique: Effective drills to polish your form
Tips & tricks: For race-day check-in, a stress-free swim, and laying out your gear
Tri gear: What you need and dont need
Nutrition & weight loss: Practical advice for dropping extra pounds
Your First Triathlon gives you the preparation and confidence you need to cross the finish line feeling greatand excited for your next race.
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I almost gave this book 4 stars for Friel's dismissal of using a wetsuit. He states your first race should ideally be in a pool, and that wetsuits are expensive and too technical. As someone who wears a wetsuit and LOVES it, this advice drove me nuts. What if you can't find such a race near you? What if you want to do an open water swim and the temp. might be questionable, or the race requires a wetsuit? Wet suits are not just about keeping you warm. They make you significantly more buoyant and streamlined. I found a great deal on one for under $100 and the company was very helpful regarding finding the right fit. I also ended up having some bad moments during the open water swim (a mental, not physical thing) and was grateful for my wet suit as it allowed me to float on my back and take a breather.
I highly recommend getting your own copy of the book. My copy is pretty dog-eared from referring to it for a solid three months.
Good luck on your tri journey – you can do it!!
(BTW, my run felt GREAT this time around.)
My only complaints: 1) this book assumes the sprint swim distance is 400 m, and most races I've found have 750 m sprint distance swims, and 2) I bought the kindle version of this book, which made reading the training tables a little more difficult. They're still formatted correctly, but you can't see everything laid out neatly on one page, and you can't flip back and forth between plans. I ended up creating my own table on paper, using the info from the book. No big deal.
Bottom line, I would highly recommend this book for someone who is wondering if they can really do a triathlon, because this book definintely makes it possible! I finished my first triathlon with a huge smile on my face and immediately went home and signed up for another one.
There was a noticeable difference in progress after I switched to Joe Friel's training program. The goal of the book is that you finish your first triathlon with a smile on your face when you cross the finish line. If you read the book and follow the instructions you definitely will.
I only wish that the sport specific details were a little more clear. Like he won't be able to teach you how to actually swim, bike, or run from this book.
Top international reviews
The training plans can be a bit confusing at first to understand, but writing it down for yourself solves that, also means you can fit it into your week and lifestyle.
The focus on just finishing and enjoying your first triathlon is a great angle to read the book from. As it's not trying to get you to push yourself as hard as you can.
Great read for a triathlon newbie (or even someone who has done one and needs to refine their training plan).
Although I haven't done a triathlon myself yet, I had read quite a bit online, watched videos, and read other books available at my library before picking up this one, and I would say this is the book that every would be triathlete needs to have.