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Triathloning for ordinary mortals
Jonas, Steven.
Personal Author:
Updated and expanded.
Publication Information:
New York : W.W. Norton, [1999]

Physical Description:
320 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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Includes index.
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The explosion of interest in physical fitness that has sent Americans running, bicycling, and swimming by the tens of thousands now extends to the fitness competition that combines all three ?triathloning. Steven Jonas, a former nonathlete who began endurance sports in middle age, offers an accessible program for anyone from beginner to experienced jogger.Dr. Jonas's own experiences are the basis of this user-friendly book, directed to the person who wants to do more than just run. He sets forth basic recommendations on equipment necessary for triathloning and outlines a three-phased training program that will take the untrained beginner to a state of fitness where he or she can complete a triathlon of moderate distance. The book includes a chapter on nutrition and a stretching program. Dr. Jonas has revised and updated the work to include information on how to run longer races, how to train for the increasingly popular duathlon (run/bike/run), and new tips from his further fifteen years of experience.Techniques, fitness, training, equipment, nutrition, pre-race, the race itself ?a readable introduction for the aspiring recreational triathloner.A new chapter on duathlons and how to run longer races, and updated appendixes on the latest magazines and books of interest to triathloners.Dr. Steven Jonas has participated in 100 multi-sports events.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

This is a book of personal opinions and experiences from a self-proclaimed ``back of the middle of the pack'' athlete. While Jonas does present basic triathlon information on swimming, bicycling, and running and very good bibliographies on these topics, most of the book is a personal account of his training and racing. Readers would be better served by Sally Edwards's Triathlon: a triple fitness sport (Contemporary Bks., 1983) or Paul Perry's Complete Book of the Triathlon ( LJ 10/1/83). Both books are much better at describing the event and preparing the competitor. (Illustrations not seen.) Thomas K. Fry, UCLA Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

An example of the fitness boom of the 1980s has been the increased number of competitive triathlon events (swim, bike, and run) and participants in those events. Steven Jonas, MD (preventive medicine, SUNY) has directed this book to the average person who may be interested in participating in a triathlon of moderate distances. His stated qualification for writing this book is that he is just an average endurance athlete, not an expert, who has trained for and completed moderate-distance triathlons with healthy and happy results. The presentation includes: an overview of the author's experience of becoming involved in fitness activities; basic recommendations on equipment necessary for triathloning; a three-phased training program that will take the untrained beginner to a state of fitness where the person can complete a triathlon of moderate distance; advice on participation in the triathlon. The volume includes an excellent chapter on nutrition by R.D. Aronson and Bob Anderson's comprehensive stretching program. The reader should remember that the book is based on the author's experiences with training and the triathlon and not on scientific research findings. Comparable literature would include Triathlon: A Triple Fitness Sport by Sally Edwards (1982) and The Complete Triathlon Distance Training Manual by Bob Johnson and Patricia Bragg (CH, May '83). This easily read book is appropriate for a person who wishes to start aerobic training with a goal of finishing a triathlon.-A.W. Jackson, North Texas State University