Suggested REadings

The Triathlete’s Training Bible (2nd edition)BUY IT
This new edition of The Triathlete’s Training Bible covers all of the specialized training needs of triathletes, including completely updated nutrition, recovery, and weight training information. The book also contains seasoned advice on the mental aspects of training. Author Joe Friel shows how to achieve greater fitness by examining personal strengths and weaknesses, and devotes individual chapters to planning, racing, rest, and recovery. Appendices include annual training plan worksheets and suggested swim, bike, run, and combined workouts.

Going Long: Training for Ironman-Distance Triathlons BUY IT
This book guides weekend triathletes in getting the most out of their training time and helps serious triathletes get maximum physical and mental benefit from training. Chapters cover the basics of training and fitness; training specifics for swim, bike, and marathon; mental strategies; and more. Sample training plans, photographs, charts, tables and case studies are also included.

Training & Racing with a Power BUY IT
Power meters are rapidly becoming an invaluable part of training and racing among professional cyclists and triathletes, amateurs looking for a competitive edge, and gear fiends. For coaches and athletes, these devices offer enormous potential for targeting and timing training to realize a rider’s goals. Yet few athletes or coaches understand how to interpret the data for optimal results, and few cycling resources do more than mention the possibility of wattage training. Training and Racing with a Power Meter decrypts the layers of information and explains how to begin a program that effectively integrates power. Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan have conducted extensive research and consulted with manufacturers to deliver the most sophisticated and scientific approach to training on the market, allowing riders to tap every last watt of power. The book includes cogent case studies, sample power workouts, and a chapter on the future of training and racing with these soon-to-be indispensable devices.

The Triathlete’s Guide to Run Training BUY IT
Many multisport athletes employ traditional training methods, ignoring technique while relying on volume and intensity of workouts to improve results. Renowned coach Ken Mierke has coached nine national multisport champions and placed 28 multisport athletes on Team USA. His research proves that athletes who achieve optimal technique show a remarkable difference not just in performance, but also in endurance. In this book he shows runners how to use the body’s natural shock-absorption system to dramatically reduce impact stress and keep their training injury-free. By maximizing both conditioning and technique, as detailed in this book, runners can become faster, stronger, and more efficient athletes.

Training Plans for Multisport Athletes BUY IT
Based on reader demand for the sample daily workouts she publishes in Triathlete magazine, an experienced instructor and coach (Gale Bernhardt) provides training plans for varying training periods as well as tips for measuring exertion and proper nutrition. Training Plans for Multisport Athletes features detailed strategies for combining swimming, cycling, running, and strength training.

Workouts in a Binder: Swim Workouts for Triathletes BUY IT
Triathletes who hope to improve their swimming too often mix and match workouts or workout segments with no particular goal. The workouts in this set provide a handy, compact, inspiring — and waterproof — program. Written by an elite-level triathlon and cycling coach, and a former U.S. National Team swimming coach, the book comprises seven workout categories: Anaerobic Endurance Speed, Anaerobic Endurance Form, Force Speed, Force Form, Muscular Endurance Speed, Muscular Endurance Form, and Muscular Endurance Distance. The variety of workouts included and their ease of use keep the process engaging and allow users to more easily achieve elusive swimming goals.

Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes BUY IT
Monique Ryan distills nearly two decades of experience counseling athletes on their nutritional needs into this comprehensive yet accessible book. She discusses both general principles — useful for endurance athletes in any sport — as well as specific guidelines for those involved in triathlons, cycling, mountain biking, swimming, distance running, and more. The book’s three sections cover the basics of building a healthy diet, training nutrition, and sports-specific nutrition. Including photos, charts, tables, appendixes with sample menus, shopping lists, vegetarian information, and much more, this book provides a detailed up-to-date guide to the nutritional needs of endurance athletes.

Nutrient Timing: The Future of Sports Nutrition BUY IT
This book will show readers how they can actually sculpt a better body with more lean muscle mass, less fat, and more power without changing their exercise program or even their total caloric intake. The authors synthesizes the most sound and up-to-date science to provide a nutrition action plan that enables athletes to raise their athletic performance. Provides simple, proven guidelines for fueling muscles before, during and after sports activity. John Ivy, Ph.D., is a professor and head of the department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas. Dr. Ivy is a world-renowned expert on the role of nutrition and exercise performance. He has published over 150 research papers and review articles. Robert Portman, Ph.D., is president and director of research for Pacific Health Laboratories, a leading nutrition technology company. Dr. Portman has been a pioneer in developing nutritional products that can improve exercise performance and recovery.


Iron Will: The Triathlete’s Ultimate Challenge BUY IT
Triathletes and fans will enjoy this celebration of athletes who push themselves beyond conventional limits of performance. With its look at the endurance philosophy and the lure of the Triathlon, it’s no wonder that ten years after its first publication this book remains a multisport standard.
“As the founder of the Ironman Triathlon back in 1978, I have seen many attempts to get the story down on paper. Mike gets it better than anyone else so far. I was out of the triathlon picture for some years and appreciate Mike’s total, beginning-to-end coverage of the Ironman history. The very few items with which I would take exception are all areas where other early participants have differing recollections or personal agendae. Mike is very careful to cover all sides of an often many-sided history. I recommend this book without reservation.” John Collins (9th place, Ironman Hawaii 1978)

ultramarathon man: Confessions of an all-night runner BUY IT
Ultra-marathoner Dean Karnazes claims “There is magic in misery.” While it would be easy to write off his habit of running for 100 miles at a time—or longer—as mere masochism, it’s impossible to not admire his tenacity in pushing his body to reach one extreme goal after another. Despite his considerable athleticism, “Karno” argues that the first half of any race is run with one’s body, and the second half with the mind. Without delving into excessively touchy-feely territory, he explores “the possibilities of self” as he completes an ultra-marathon in 120-degree heat in Death Valley, and later the first-ever marathon at the South Pole.

Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer BUY IT
Just about every other person in the world seems like an unfocused dilettante compared to long-distance swimming legend Lynne Cox. Soon At the age of 14, after several years of training hard in pools and the open sea, she was swimming the 26 mile stretch from Catalina Island to the coast of California. A year after that, she surpassed a lifelong goal by not only swimming the English Channel but setting a new men’s and women’s record in the process. Rather than be satisfied, Cox aimed still higher, conquering the Cook Strait in New Zealand, the Strait of Magellan and, the Cape of Good Hope, none of which had been swum before. Being the first to swim the Bering Sea from Alaska to what was then the Soviet Union is perhaps Cox’s most impressive achievement, requiring a phenomenal amount of physical strength and endurance to withstand the chilly waters and diplomatic persistence to gain permission from Gorbachev during the Cold War. Swimming to Antarctica is Cox’s remarkably detailed account of her major swims and all that went right and wrong with them.