I ma runner than a triathlete but triathlon is always something that s been in the back of my head Your First Triathlon is a good general book with a lot of good information It is not too overwhelming leaving aside the training plans and covers everything fairly well including quite a bit on strength training and nutrition which you don t always find a ton of in other books or it is very cursory The initial few chapters were great introduction and well written I thought the fact that the author acknowledged this can be a lifestyle as well as the need for support to be helpful for newbies This is no small goal you ve set out for yourself The gear and what is required vs what is nice to have broke things down well The only irritant I have and this is a common complaint for me for triathlon books so far is there is the assumption you already have a bike Repeatedly you are told Don t b Decent overview of the sport, the schedule is clunky and requires daily page flipping a nice calendar app or even PDF with the workouts described on them would beuseful Also already very dated with no reference to technologies like Fitbit or Strava and how to leverage them Also an over emphasis on weight loss and calorie restriction without any clear guidance on ideal weights.
Good but basic very basic introduction to triathlon training Probably would be useful if you have absolutely no background in any kind of endurance sport at all, but even if you know your way around one of the sports that make up a triathlon there s going to be a lot here that s redundant.
Also now in need of an update The tech chapters are very dated now in an age of Apple Watches, Fitbit ,Strava, Zwift, etc which is a minus.
5 Helpful for a novice, this book briefly covers the basics motivation, nutrition, swim, bike, run, lift, stretch and includes training plans Approachable, and encouraging throughout Wish it haddetailed information about swimming, and gear Some of the food suggestions seem strange soda after the race.
I have a used paper copy, will continue to reference the training plan specified workouts.
The workouts feel overly simple, but I thought it was a great over all introduction for a newbie to the sport.
Goal Complete the race with a smile on your face I like that idea It works for me Can t ask forfrom a book then what Friel provided, its an excellent beginning point for triathlete noobs like myself Dismantled some big myths and helped set realistic targets and goals, especially with the training plans.