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Serious Training for Endurance Athletes-2nd Edition [Paperback]

Rob Sleamaker , Ray Browning
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Aug. 12 1996


SERIOUS Training for Endurance Athletes provides the tools to create training programs and workouts that will pay off in competition. Endurance athletes, coaches, and multisport fitness buffs will learn how to design, schedule, execute, and monitor training programs for top results.

Rob Sleamaker joins with Ray Browning, seven-time Ironman Triathlon winner, to produce a much improved version of the highly popular earlier edition.

You'll learn to:

- set up and manage your personalized training schedule;
- use the S-E-R-I-O-U-S system of training—Speed, Endurance, Race-pace, Intervals, Overdistance, Up-hill Intervals, Strength;
- add variety to your workouts;
- develop a winning nutritional program;
- prepare mentally for races; and
- stay motivated to train and win.

The authors share their expertise in a fun and informative way, drawing from their own experiences as champions. Plus, the book features the latest training advice for running, cycling, mountain biking, swimming, rowing, cross-country skiing, cross training, duathlons, and triathlons.

SERIOUS Training for Endurance Athletes is your guide to high-level fitness and performance.


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"The ultimate resource for the endurance athlete. This book will take you up to the next level." -- Connie Carpenter, 1984 Olympic Gold-Medal Cyclist, President, Carpenter/Phinney Bike Camps

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""The ultimate resource for the endurance athlete. This book will take you up to the next level.""
Connie Carpenter
1984 Olympic Gold-Medal Cyclist
President, Carpenter/Phinney Bike Camps

""Rob and Ray have laid out the nuts and bolts of endurance training, taking into consideration perhaps the single most important factor—lifestyle. SERIOUS Training for Endurance Athletes provides the fundamentals necessary to start developing a training regime that works for you!""
Mark Allen, Six-time Hawaii Ironman Champion

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The older you become the harder it gets! Aug. 24 2009
By Ned Middleton TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Whilst this book is aimed primarily at the serious endurance athlete, I wish to widen its appeal after having used the book to good effect at the age of 59. Consequently, I would suggest you do not allow yourself to be restricted by the title because you do not have to be a competitive endurance athlete to gain maximum profit from this work.

Nowadays, my own memories of winning the regimental mile (and in a very credible time!) are very distant. Nevertheless, I still go running with a pack on my back (old airborne habits die very hard!) as the battle of mind vs middle age spread enters the hardest phase yet. It is a fact that the older one gets, the harder all physical training becomes. This book, however, proved its worth in the first few pages by showing me an easier way to obtain similar results. After all, the book commences with; "Consider your own objectives." Says it all really.

There are many times in life when we all believe we know best and never more so than when it comes to physical training, but, consider this; If such training was as simple as just going for a jog, then why are others obtaining university degrees in the subject with some gaining high paid employment - especially in the field of sports injuries. The reality is, we who go for a run (and often do nothing else!) are not gaining maximum benefit from all that hard work.

Whilst the focus of the book remains the serious endurance athlete - and from which all such people will gain enormously from a thorough study of the content, I was particularly impressed by the way in which the book is able to benefit those of a lesser standard. There is no point in boring people with a blow-by-blow account of my own physical condition because no two people are alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must have! Feb. 1 2000
Format:Paperback
This book provides great knowledge in a highly readable format. Rob does a great job providing a structured solution that can be applied to any training regimen. For amateurs and professionals, beginner or seasoned veteren, this book is a must have for anyone interested in endurance training.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book will get you training! Jan. 22 1999
Format:Paperback
After reading several other books on triathlons and trying to start some training programs, I was beginning to get discouraged. I couldn't find a program I liked, so I wouldn't stick with it. SERIOUS Training for Endurance Athletes proved to be the solution I needed. This book will let you form a training plan that gives you specific times and goals for each workout. Having those numbers in mind will help you make it through that last interval, last mile or last lap. Good luck and train hard!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the very best systems book Sept. 1 1998
Format:Paperback
This is a very good systems design book that details how to develop a "best available strategy*" training program to accomplish a goal you set -- e.g., run a 50 Minute 10K race in late August. I know of no other book so good at letting you set a goal and then derive a fully structured training program for meeting that goal.
* based on current optimization theories regarding load (HR), workout duriation, periodization ...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book on the recommendations of Amazon customers and I must admit that I wasn't disapointed. Sometimes you don't know what you're going to get when everyone gives a book 5 stars. Sometimes it's hard to get an unbiased review.
I was pleased with the book and what others have said is true. I recommend this book to endurance athletes looking for reasons and explanations on why to train a certain way and what it will do for your body in the long run.
However, I am a competetive rower and there were few topics that took rowing into account. Most of the training is geared towards running/cycling/triathetes and not specific to rowing as much as I was hoping. Also, there is way too little emphasis on resistance training. Most of the book is about setting up a mathmatical training plan and says to devote time sparingly to strength training. I'm not an expert on other sports, but I do know that power through strength training is vital for a strong pull on those oars. I suggest devoting more time in the SERIOUS formula to weight training in the gym than the book suggests, especially in the early training weeks.
As for the rest of the book, it's great, but it takes a *LOT* of paperwork. Fortunately my wife is handy with MS Excel and plotted all the charts for me with forulas that makes it all easy. However, without her I know that I would be daunted and discouraged at the task of making all the charts and calculations by hand. In a future updated edition (I hope that they make one) the book should come with a CDROM loaded with all the charts and formulas, or at least a web site link for downloading them. In the 21st century it's good practice to have online content and I hope to see it with this great text book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously good Aug. 24 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
As a cross-country skier, I thought this book was great! Together with "Tao of Skiing," and "Ski Skating with champions" it is an essential part of my collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book June 25 2003
Format:Paperback
This is a good book for people who have never done a sport at a high level, because it will show you how to do a good training and give you ideas for exercises, it is also for people who plan to do some sport for a special event (for example, training for a 1 week and more mountain hike)
I would not really recommend this book to people who already do high level taining and who allready are in a training program, because they probably allready know most of the exercises and ideas of this book (or at least something equivalent)
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4.0 out of 5 stars "A Must For SERIOUS Athletes"
Although I rarley compete in races of any sort, the SERIOUS system enabled me to architect graphs and charts to acknowledge my strenghths and liabilities in my fitness plan. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2002 by AllotofVision
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Must For SERIOUS Athletes"
Although I rarley compete in races of any sort, the SERIOUS system enabled me to architect graphs and charts to acknowledge my strengths and liabilities in my fitness plan. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2002 by AllotofVision
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Any Endurance Athlete
I bought SERIOUS Training for Endurance Athletes to develop a training regemin for adventure racing. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2002 by m wainwright
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks, Rob!
I first met Rob Sleamaker 10 years ago as a member of the U.S. Triathlon Team. At the time, I was training for ultra-marathon events (double Ironmans, etc. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2002 by Jonathan C. Abshire
5.0 out of 5 stars To take you to the next level
THis book is designed for SERIOUS athletes who want to get the most from their training without wasting time. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2002 by "waymakerjim"
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for novice to experienced
As a degreed physiologist I learned a lot from this book. Not as much from the physiological side, but from a training technique viewpoint. Read more
Published on March 19 2001 by Gail McCracken
5.0 out of 5 stars For coaches and people who want to coach themselves
I think this book is excellent. It provides detailed information on how to plan your own training schedule with all the required components. Read more
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