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"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 takes the fear out of doing a first triathlon." — Barb Lindquist, 2004 USA Olympic Team

"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

"Whether you're a beginning triathlete or a seasoned pro, Joe Friel is the utmost authority on triathlon training." — Ryan Bolton, 2000 USA Olympic Team

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  • "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

  • "If you are looking to get off to a great start in this sport, you have come to the right place! Joe Friel's wealth of knowledge in triathlon is astounding and he has a wonderful way of sharing that knowledge with all athletes from beginners to elite professionals." --Siri Lindley, Triathlon World Champion

  • "Whether you're a beginning triathlete or a seasoned pro, Joe Friel is the leading authority on triathlon training." --Ryan Bolton, Ironman winner & 2000 USA Olympic Team

  • "Joe takes the fear out of doing a first triathlon. Joe's practical experience and wealth of scientific knowledge about triathlon are the perfect combination." --Barb Lindquist, 2004 USA Olympic Team

  • "Joe Friel has spent most of his life in devotion to the understanding and teaching of sport. Joe has managed to focus on the key components to athletic success while weeding out the noise." -- Justin Daerr, professional triathlete

  • "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, 2004 Team USA Olympic Triathlon Coach
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    Product Details

    • Paperback: 240 pages
    • Publisher: VeloPress (May 12, 2006)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1931382859
    • ISBN-13: 978-1931382854
    • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    I did my first triathlon (sprint distance) in September after three months training, and I was lucky enough to have found this book towards the beginning of my training. Needless to say I am hooked and can't wait to do another one!!! The book did an amazing job of preparing me by arming me with the information I needed to train properly, learn new sports (I had never biked or swam seriously before), eat right, and avoid injury, and yet avoided getting too "hard core" (when you do your first triathlon you keep wondering whether or not you're crazy). Joe keeps it manageable. There is a scary overwhelmed feeling you can get when you start reading about some of the crazy training schedules and techniques out there -- and he really clears through all that and gets to the essentials you need to know to make it through your training and cross the finish line. For example, his race day prep chapter really helped me visualize what to expect on the big day. Also, I really liked his approach to gear -- you can really get sucked into buying a bunch of stuff -- and he emphasizes ways to work with stuff you already have (ex: your old mountain bike) until you're more experienced and can better select the right gear to invest in. Overall, I really liked his fun-first emphasis, while providing what is clearly well-researched and high quality information. Two thumbs up!
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    I was a little hesitant to buy this book after reading some of the reviews saying it was "too basic." I found it very helpful, esp the nutritional info. The training plan seems a little unrealistic -- its a 12 week plan that starts out with only 15 minute workouts. All in all, the book included a lot of valuable information that has helped me progress in my training for my first tri, but I wouldn't follow it word for word.
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    More than any other peice of equipment, this book definitely gave me what I needed to get to the starting line. It gave me the confidence that I would need to finish my first tri. The book was definitely for me, the person who really doesn't know much about how to even start my training. The drills were helpful and the training calendar worked well to get me to my goal.

    But, it is not without it's flaws. As already mentioned in other reviews, swimming is not covered enough to really help you out. My only real struggle was in the swim and his lack emphasis may have led to some over confidence from the attitude her presents. Also, the simplistic way it covered the training regimine was not helpful; I never understood why the drills I was doing were going to help.
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    By LuPa on November 20, 2006
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    I found this book a valuable help for who is new to Triathlon and also for starting from scratch both running and cycling (NOT for swimming).

    Maybe too much enphasis on nutrition, but averall it's a very practical and usful book. Good value for your money.
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    I guess if you had no access to the internet or a library this book would be good for you. You won't learn any eye-opening tips or tricks from it, and the training plan is geared toward someone who is basically a couch potato attempting a sprint tri. If that's you, go for it, otherwise, save your money and just google 'beginner triathlete' for plenty of websites and forums that offer the same information.
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    This is not the "athlete's bible" and this is not the resource for Ironman. Therefore the author accomplished his mission : to provide the newbies with the most information available to begin a new life as triathlete. Pay attention i said a new life, that's it. It's not a list of training plans or a generic line to follow, it's the first step to change your life with fun. Really recommended.
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    I read several books while preparing for my first sprint triathlon. This book and "Slow Fat Triathlete" were my two favorites. Neither is too technical, but full of helpful "newbie" info.
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    I have been hemming and hawing about whether or not I could finish a triathlon for several years now. I've completed many half marathons, a marathon, and various other running events, but for some reason a TRIATHLON sounded like something scary and completely unattainable. My own fears of failure/inadequacy kept me from even thinking about participating in a tri. I bought this book several years ago and have finally dusted it off from the bookshelf and signed up for a sprint tri! In addition to reading this book, I joined a triathlon training group and feel like having both tools at my disposal has boosted my confidence about my ability to PROPERLY train, prepare for, and complete a sprint triathlon. As I started my first few swim, bike, and run training sessions- I began reading Your First Triathlon. This book is terrific for beginners! There are so many tips that you get prior to your first race that you might not have figured out until it was too late on race day. Some examples- how to lay out all of your gear at the transition stations and what to wear/or not to wear for the different sports. This book has a 360 degree view of what you'll need leading up to race day including nutritional advice, training logs, tips for each individual sport, and lots of motivation! I'm totally confident that after reading this book and getting my training in, I will be completely prepared for my first sprint triathlon this summer!
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