No matter if you are a triathlon newbie or a seasoned athlete, there seems to always be more to learn and understand about how to best train and prepare for triathlons. If you consider yourself a self-coached athlete, books will quickly prove to be the best source of information about the sport. I learned almost everything I know about training from miscellaneous books and magazines I have read over the years, but as I have progressed as a triathlete, some books have stood out. The following three books guided me along the path from my first triathlon to training for my first Ironman:
As a newcomer to the sport of triathlon I needed a book that explained all the basics, while not overwhelming me with too much information. “Triathlete Magazine’s Complete Triathlon Book” provided me with all the knowledge needed to successfully complete my first few triathlons. The book covers everything from diet and health to equipment and safety tips.
Once I was comfortable with racing, I was ready to learn how to plan a complete season, using periodization to break up the year into different phases and correctly plan around races. The book that helped me take my training to that next level was “The Triathlete’s Training Bible.” One note though: This book has A LOT of information. Make sure you have a few triathlons under your belt before you attempt to digest it.
Over the coming year I am taking the next step–training for an Ironman. The requirements of training for that distance will add an additional levels of stress to my already busy life. Therefore I picked up “Be Iron Fit: Time-Efficient Training Secrets for Ultimate Fitness .” This book explains the most popular training and time management methods used by professionals with busy lives, allowing them to train 15 – 20 hours a week while still managing their careers and spending time with their family.
I highly recommend these books depending on your experience level. Also, don’t hesitate to look at your bookshop for other resources (I recommend Amazon)–there is a book for virtually every level of athlete.