Joe Friel is the world's most trusted triathlon coach and his friendly guide, Your First Triathlon, will get you ready for your first sprint or Olympic triathlon feeling strong, confident, and ready for the challenge.
Friel has helped hundreds of thousands of people to enjoy the challenges of triathlon with his clear and comprehensive TrainingBible method. Your First Triathlon simplifies all the principles of Friel's training approach for newcomers who want a simple, no-nonsense way to train for triathlon. The practical triathlon training plans in Your First Triathlon take fewer than 5 hours a week and will build the fitness and confidence you need to enjoy your first event.
Your First Triathlon offers a 12-week training plan for total beginners as well as custom plans for athletes who have some experience in running, cycling, or swimming. Each triathlon training schedule includes realistic swimming, biking, and running workouts with options to add strength workouts. These simple plans will build anyone into a triathlete.
Friel simplifies your triathlon race day with smart tips to navigate your race packet pickup, set up your transition area, fuel for your race, finish your swim without stress or fear, and ensure your race goes smoothly from the moment you wake up until you cross the finish line.
Triathlon is a fun and challenging sport that can help you get fit, healthy, and feeling great. Your First Triathlon will help you get off to a great start in the swim-bike-run sport.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm more a 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 buy one" (not unique to this book) and not given a ton of advice...
I am training for my 1st Triathlon and was trying to decide on which Friel book to select. After reading the reviews on the "Bible" book, I selected this one. There are many elements of the book that i find good, but when it comes to the actual training part, I am immediately turned off and discouraged. His exercises require way too much "thinking" that takes the fun out of even beginnning to try and train. In order to start running, I have to remember so many different "series" of steps that I have to: a) take the book with me which in itself is inconvenient; b) right everything down and repeatedly consult the piece of paper; or c) hire a "coach" (or one of my kids) to read the book or paper to remind me of what I need to do. Not good in my opinion. I find the same with the bike training. Mr. Friel may be an expert in his field and I respect him for that, but the reviews on the "Bible" book seem to reflect what is in this book, and that...
The girls at work formed a group to do their first triathlon six months ago and now the race is only 8 weeks away!
Author Joe Friel gives you more than hope in "Your First Triathlon". Friel's book gives you the key insights you need to have a great first race experience.
Joe Friel has authored a library of volumes on triathlon preparation but distills his knowledge into one-stop shopping for the beginner in "Your First Triathlon". If you only have time for one book before your triathlon, make it Joe's.
For people who habitually turn to the "quick start guide" of any instructional book you'll need chapter 11, page 169. This section walks you through the week before your first race, how to deal with pre-race jitters, what to bring (and more importantly, what to leave home)and how to set up your transition area. It also provides a step by step narrative of how your race will unfold and what to do when. This answers all the questions posted on triathlon...
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