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The No. 1 guide to triathlons ultimate endurance event
Whether you are preparing for your first Ironman or your fastest, Going Long will make every hour of training count. Inside this groundbreaking second edition from best-selling authors Joe Friel and Gordon Byrn you will find more than 40 sport-specific drills to improve your technique, making you more efficient at swimming, cycling, and running.
In addition, proven key workouts for each sport and a complete strength training program will help you build the muscular endurance that is critical to Ironman success.
Time commitment, burnout, and injury are realities that every athlete must face in Ironman prep. Friel and Byrn offer a simplified approach for working triathletes to help them balance their training time with other obligations.
Also new to the second edition is a chapter on wellness and recovery from Dr. Jeff Shilt with invaluable information on monitoring and maintaining your health during the rigors of training. This new advice includes plentiful details on common aches and pains and will help you target nagging overuse injuries with an active recovery strategy to speed rehabilitation.
Throughout this completely revised new edition, Friel and Byrn directly advise the novice, intermediate, and elite triathlete, making it the most comprehensive and nuanced guide to Ironman training ever written. Going Long is the book you will return to, season after season.
Joe Friel is one of the most trusted names in triathlon coaching and the best-selling author of The Triathletes Training Bible, Your First Triathlon, and The Cyclists Training Bible. He is a certified USA Triathlon and USA Cycling coach and holds a masters degree in exercise science.
Gordon Byrn is an elite long-course triathlete and coach certified by USA Triathlon, Triathlon Australia, and the American Swim Coaches Association. He has raced Ironman competitions in Hawaii, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.
With its 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run, the Ironman-distance triathlon is a unique beast that requires a unique approach to training. "Going Long" provides triathletes with a clear blueprint for building endurance and improving their skills. Along with a training overview that describes how to plan a season month -by -month and day -by -day, the book offers sport-specific chapters that outline each discipline's stages of development and drills to improve form and efficiency. A newly expanded section on training the mind explores the all-important psychological aspects of racing, including goal-setting and visualization. The authors map out a strategy for staying healthy and implementing a smart diet, and they even explain what to eat during a race. Also discussed are training with a power meter, building core strength, and common triathlon injuries, with tips on treatment and prevention. A detailed appendix includes key training sessions, workout examples, and strength training progressions.
is the most comprehensive guide to racing long-course triathlons ever written. Combining science with personal experience, Friel and Byrn prepare every triathlete, from the working age-grouper to the podium contender, for success in triathlon’s ultimate endurance event. Sport-specific chapters outline training for each triathlon discipline and describe drills to improve form and efficiency. A newly expanded section on training the mind explores the all-important psychological aspects of racing, including goal-setting and visualisation. A detailed appendix includes key training sessions, workout examples, and strength training progressions.
Going Long has long been the best-selling book on the subject of training for the long course. With expanded content and a new, two-colour format, this second edition is once again the premier sourcebook for triathletes who are serious about succeeding in the long-course distance.
is one of the most recognized names in triathlon coaching and the best-selling author of The Triathletes Training Bible, Your First Triathlon,
and The Cyclists Training Bible
. His clients include professional and amateur triathletes, duathletes, road cyclists and mountain bikers. He is a certified USA Triathlon and USA Cycling Coach and holds a masters degree in exercise science.
Gordon Byrn is an elite long-course triathlete and coach certified by USA Triathlon, Triathlon Australia, and the American Swim Coaches Association. One of the best-known ultra-endurance athletes in the world, he has raced Ironman competitions in Hawaii, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
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“An in-depth guide to succeeding at Iron-distance triathlon. Ideal for anyone looking to life his or her game to the next level.” — Triathlete magazine
"Going Long is a valuable read for any triathlete, not just those aiming for an Ironman®. This is a great resource for a large audience." — Triathlon Magazine Canada
“Going Long targets triathletes of varying ability and Ironman® aspirations. If you have one shot at the Ironman and training time is at a premium, then 22 pages on strength training may not be for you. However, the 21 pages on nutrition could determine your Ironman destiny.” — IMPACT magazine
“Gordo and Joe have a unique way of helping the long-distance athlete to recognize what’s important in fitting these events into one’s life…In our age of information overload they give the self-coached athletes all the tools they need to succeed.” — Scott Molina, coach and former 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
“Whether you’re a beginning triathlete or a seasoned pro, Joe Friel is the leading authority on triathlon training.” — Ryan Bolton, member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team
“In Going Long, Gordo Byrn and Joe Friel have combined their talents to provide a meaningful training resource for Ironman-distance racing.” — George M. Dallam, Ph.D., former USA Triathlon National Teams Coach, co-author of Championship Triathlon Training