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Triathlon 101 : essentials for multisport success
Mora, John, 1964-
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Publication Information:
Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, [1999]

Physical Description:
x, 221 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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GV1060.73 .M67 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In Triathlon 101 , John Mora offers a book full of valuable lessons and insights to help you prepare for and compete in your first triathlon or improve your results the next time out. No other triathlon resource focuses on the unique needs of newcomers to the sport. Inside you will learn how to:

- design your own triathlon training calendar and logbook,
- choose the proper equipment to fit you and your budget,
- eat during training and ""load up"" for racing,
- prevent overtraining and recover quickly from common injuries,
- swim and navigate safely in open water,
- smoothly transition from one sport to the next, and
- taper your training to peak on race day.

Sample training programs, photos featuring the best and most current equipment and correct technique, and expert advice from top pros and coaches-Terry Laughlin, Lauren Jensen, and Troy Jacobson-are provided to help you get off to a great start. Success stories from triathletes who started just like you will increase your motivation and confidence.

Spare yourself the trial-and-error experiences that discourage many from the sport. Be a smart triathlete from the start. Take the best course available for developing multisport athletes- Triathlon 101 .


Author Notes

John M. Mora is a prolific sports, health and fitness, and medical writer. He is a former contributing editor to Triathlete and is the running columnist and triathlon feature writer for Windy City Sports . He has written over 300 articles for national magazines, such as American Health, Women's Sports & Fitness, and Runner's World . He also coauthored Paula Newby-Fraser's Peak Fitness for Women (Human Kinetics, 1995) with eight-time Gatorade Hawaii Ironman Triathlon world champion Paula Newby-Fraser.

Born in Chicago, Mora has competed around the country in 10 marathons, 70 running and cycling events, and 60 triathlons of various distances, from sprint to Ironman. He currently owns Creative CopyWriting, a business that specializes in writing brochures and direct mail copy for companies in the health and fitness industry. Mora lives and trains in Plainfield, Illinois, a southwest suburb of Chicago.

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Booklist Review

As the title suggests, this is for the beginner triathlete. It covers specific training programs for entry-level swimming, biking, and running and includes mileage charts, drill instructions, information on injury prevention, and nutritional recommendations. Mora, an experienced athlete with one Ironman under his belt, interviews beginner and experienced triathletes for their first-time advice--a good source of encouragement. Not afraid to share his own opinion (drafting stinks), Mora advises against running up credit card debt for unnecessary equipment, a point well made in a sport where the average gear investment can run into the thousands. This book provides a solid training plan with realistic workout schedules and answers such questions as: What if I've never swum before? What distance is appropriate, Sprint or Olympic? How do you set up a transition area? The triathlon will make its debut in the 2000 Olympics, so its popularity is sure to grow. With few books on this multisport, this primer will assist anyone anxious to learn the basics and plunge into this physically demanding sport. --Brenda Barrera

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vi
Prefacep. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. x
Part I Getting Ready to Trip. 1
Chapter 1 So You Wanna Tri?p. 3
Chapter 2 Planning to Racep. 17
Chapter 3 Getting the Right Stuffp. 33
Part II Triathlon Training Basicsp. 51
Chapter 4 Swim Training: The Key Is Techniquep. 53
Chapter 5 Bike Training: Putting in the Mileagep. 71
Chapter 6 Run Training: Putting One Foot in Front of the Otherp. 89
Chapter 7 Training for All Threep. 109
Part III Tri-ing Your Bestp. 131
Chapter 8 Fueling Up for Triathlonp. 133
Chapter 9 Staying Healthyp. 153
Chapter 10 Peaking to Racep. 171
Chapter 11 Tri, Tri Againp. 195
Blank Training Gridsp. 207
Tri-Jargon Glossaryp. 211
For More Information ...p. 213
Bibliographyp. 216
Indexp. 217
About the Authorp. 221