, May 04, 2013
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When I first opened up “Triathlon Science: The ultimate nexus of knowledge and performance” edited by Joe Friel and Jim Vance, I was overwhelmed. There is a lot of information in it and a lot of science. In Chapter 1, you learn about energy systems with the first sentence in this part being “The basic unit of energy within the human body is adenosine triphosphate (ATP)” along with a diagram of the molecular structure. I kept reading, and I am glad I did. This isn’t a book to be read in one sitting, but to be savored chapter by chapter.
The book is broken down into 11 parts:
Physical Attributes of Triathletes
Technical Execution and Efficiency in Each Event
Environmental Factors and Equipment Options
Physiological Function in Triathlon Training
Training Modes and Methods for Triathletes
Training Strategies in Triathlon
Training Base Building for Triathlon
Multisport Event-Specific Training and Racing Tactics
Sports Medicine for Triathletes
Nutrition for Triathletes
Psychology of Multisport
This book includes charts and diagrams to help the reader understand the information better. It also includes in the back a comprehensive list of references broken down by chapter as to where they obtained their information. The index also helps the reader easily pages about specific information such as ligament injury treatments and barefoot running.
This is the ultimate guide to triathlon science and is for the beginner to the experienced.