Synopses & Reviews
To reach their athletic goals, America's 1.1 million triathletes pay top dollar for personal access to the sport's top coaches yet the most sought-after coaches typically work with fewer than 10 athletes every year. This leaves the greater field of contenders in the hands of expensive computer-generated plans with little understanding of how these plans work and why they often don't.
Now all triathletes can benefit from the same expert coaching that the elites enjoy. In Your Best Triathlon Joe Friel illuminates every facet of advanced triathlon training. His meticulous instruction breaks down the season into specific goals that will elevate athletes toward record-breaking performances. Friel explains the nuances of key workouts so athletes can make adjustments for different race distances or individual weaknesses.
The versatility and detail of this book would be daunting to the average athlete, but for the experienced triathlete, it fills a void in training literature and provides the necessary background for adaptations that need to be made on a weekly and daily basis.
Your Best Triathlon is a book that triathletes will consult throughout the season and every day, just as they would check in with their coach. And with Joe Friel's experience guiding the way, triathletes can race faster and more efficiently than ever before.
"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
"Joe Friel’s training books have made the once "crazy" sport of triathlon accessible to the public while also guiding seasoned athletes to their full potential." — Barb Lindquist
“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
“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 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
“Joe Friel is among the deans of triathlon coaching." — George M. Dallam, Ph.D., former USA Triathlon National Teams Coach, co-author of Championship Triathlon Training
“Joe Friel is constantly enhancing his education in the sport. In his books, Joe uses the information of the athletes he personally trains, the coaches who confide in him, and the large amounts of research he digests from triathlon and other endurance sports.” — Wes Hobson, former USA Triathlon National Team member and U.S. sprint triathlon champion
“In his usual upbeat, reader-friendly style, Joe brings to bear a further understanding of the art and science of triathlon.” — Steven Jonas, MD, author of Triathloning for Ordinary Mortals and co-author of Championship Triathlon Training
“If you truly want to see just how good you can be, get a copy of Friel's latest training manual, Your Best Triathlon.” — Active.com
“From one of the most trusted coaches in the sport, Your Best Triathlon is the culmination of decades of experience helping committed athletes achieve their best race ever. Following his plan, even mid-season as I have, I’ve found a happy medium of self-coaching and learning from one of the best.” — LAVA magazine
“Joe Friel’s new book Your Best Triathlon: Advanced Training for Serious Triathletes takes his Training Bible series to a new level of sophistication and detail. Friel writes from a coach’s perspective, tackling all race distances in a well-organized, easy-to-follow format.” — Everymantri
“Highly functional and a must read for any self-coached triathlete. A fantastic tool to place into your triathlon toolkit.” — TriMadness
“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
Now all triathletes can benefit from the same expert coaching that the elites enjoy. In Your Best Triathlon Joe Friel illuminates every facet of advanced triathlon training. His meticulous instruction breaks down the season into specific goals that will elevate athletes toward record-breaking performances. With Joe Friel's guidance on goals, nutrition, and key workouts for every period of training, triathletes can race faster and more efficiently than ever before.
Your Best Triathlon is a master plan that will guide experienced triathletes through every week of their season. For each phase of training, Joe lays out the path to success, outlining clear objectives and the guidelines to meet them.
Joe Friel’s highly refined training plans for sprint, Olympic, half-Ironman®, and Ironman® race distances will help serious triathletes deliver a breakout performance, even those with countless races under their belt. Joe offers a tool kit of proven workouts that will isolate and develop specific abilities. Within each workout and plan, he offers easy modifications to better manage personal limiters and improve performance.
Hundreds of thousands of triathletes have relied on Joe Friel and his groundbreaking best seller, The Triathlete’s Training Bible, to develop their own self-coached training programs. Now Joe Friel, the most experienced coach in triathlon, reveals his formula for advanced training and coaches triathletes to their best race ever.
About the Author
Joe Friel is the best-selling author of The Triathlete's Training Bible, The Cyclist's Training Bible, Going Long, Your Best Triathlon, and Your First Triathlon. His TrainingBible Coaching franchise is one of the most successful and respected in endurance sports. Joe has trained endurance athletes since 1980, including national champions, world championship contenders, and Olympic athletes in triathlon, duathlon, road cycling, and mountain biking. He is an elite-certified USA Triathlon and USA Cycling Coach and holds a master's degree in exercise science. He conducts training and racing seminars around the world and provides consulting services for corporations in the fitness industry. He has also been active in business as the founder of Ultrafit, an association of coaching businesses; TrainingPeaks, a web based software company; and TrainingBible Coaching.
Table of Contents
PART I: Your Best Triathlon
Chapter 1 Your Race, Yourself
Chapter 2 Planning for Your Best Triathlon
Chapter 3 The Right Stuff
PART II: THE PREP AND BASE PERIODS
Chapter 4 The Prep Period
Chapter 5 The Base 1 Period
Chapter 6 The Base 2 Period
Chapter 7 The Base 3 Period
PART III: THE BUILD PERIOD
Chapter 8 The Build 1 Period Chapter 9 The Build 2 Period
PART IV: THE PEAK, RACE, AND TRANSITION PERIODS
Chapter 10 The Peak Period
Chapter 11 Race Week
Chapter 12 The Transition Period PART V: BEYOND
Chapter 13 Your Next Best Triathlon
About the Author