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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Velo Press (Dec 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030622
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.3 x 23.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 739 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“If you truly want to see just how good you can be, get a copy of Friel's latest training manual, Your Best Triathlon.” —

“From one of the most trusted coaches in the sport, Your Best Triathlon is the culmination of decades of experience helping committed athletes achieve their best race ever. Following his plan, even mid-season as I have, I’ve found a happy medium of self-coaching and learning from one of the best.” — LAVA magazine

“Joe Friel’s new book Your Best Triathlon: Advanced Training for Serious Triathletes takes his Training Bible series to a new level of sophistication and detail. Friel writes from a coach’s perspective, tackling all race distances in a well-organized, easy-to-follow format.” — Everymantri

“Highly functional and a must read for any self-coached triathlete. A fantastic tool to place into your triathlon toolkit.” — TriMadness

“25 years of active multisport coaching has proven that Joe Friel has an unprecedented understanding of endurance sports. As a multiple triathlon world champion, I would consider Joe as one of the leading figures in triathlon coaching today. Joe’s professional approach and practical understanding of sports physiology has helped many endurance athletes of all abilities reach their full athletic potential.” — Simon Lessing, 5-time Triathlon World Champion

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You've imagined the exhilaration of crossing the finish line in record time. Now make it a reality.

Start training for your best race with Joe Friel—the most experienced coach in triathlon.Your Best Triathlonis a master plan that will guide you through every week of your season. As you begin each phase of training, Joe lays out your path to success, outlining clear objectives and the guidelines to meet them.

Joe Friel's highly refined training plans for sprint, Olympic, half-Ironman®, and Ironman® race distances will help you deliver a breakout performance, even if you're a veteran triathlete with countless races under your belt. Joe gives you a tool kit of proven workouts that will isolate and develop specific abilities. Within each workout and plan, he offers easy modifications to better manage your limiters and improve your performance.

Hundreds of thousands of triathletes have relied on Joe Friel and his groundbreaking best seller,The Triathlete's Training Bible, to develop their own selfcoached training programs. Now Joe reveals his formula for advanced training and coaches you to your best triathlon ever.

With over 30 years of experience coaching elite and age-group athletes, Joe Friel is one of the world's most experienced and respected triathlon coaches. He is an elite-certified USA Triathlon and USA Cycling coach and holds a master's degree in exercise science. His triathlon booksThe Triathlete's Training Bible,Your First Triathlon, andGoing Long(coauthor) are best-selling training resources in endurance sports.

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I'm a self-coached, masters age group triathlete with 19 years experience. I'm also a numbers person. After years of looking for one reference source to tie together all the science and anecdotal information behind succesfully training for and safely competing in triathlon, I finally found it in this book. I've been a fan of Friel's "Training Bible" books for some time, but this book has made obsolete almost my entire library of training material. Joe has demystified the concepts of periodization, training-effort levels, heart rate versus power meter feedback, base, build, peak, race, recovery, endurance, force, strength, and skills training so that even this old warrior gets it. This is not a technique book. For that, go elsewhere. But for someone looking for an annual framework to plan out the duration, type and intensity levels of all their workouts, this is it. If I had only one improvement to suggest, it would be that the author provide a download, in spreadsheet format, that would allow the athlete to input their personal data and goals, and generate an annual plan on the computer, rather than rely solely on a paper and pencil method. Other than that, this book hit the nail on the head for me. Highly recommended, except to those guys in my age group. I'd rather they not have the advantage.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic!!! March 3 2011
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This is simply a must have for anyone wishing to train seriously! Your provided with sample training sessions for various distances. It makes training at the correct intensity and volume simple!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good information and easy to follow training plans Feb. 8 2011
By Michael Almendarez - Published on
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This is a good addition to Friel's Training Bible. It actually includes training plans, which is nice, and helps the reader focus on the individual's goals, not only for the year, or race...but also to focus on the goal of each training session.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Incredibly useful for any triathlete June 1 2012
By Brooke the 3rd - Published on
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This is the most useful and interesting book that I've read on training. I've actually read it cover-to-cover, which is weird.

Here's what you get: complete training schedules for Sprint, Olympic, Half-Ironman and Ironman. Given - at best - around 25 weeks to your main race of the season, training is broken down into parts: Prep, Base 1-3, Build 1 and 2, Peak and Race.

The phases are addressed separately, so you get a Prep chapter, 3 Base chapters and ... you get the picture. The chapters address specific training skills for each sport at each level e.g. several specific speed drills for bike pedaling during Base 1. But they also address and evolve your internal process. It's thorough, specific and often original.

I worried I would need to read his earlier book but it wasn't necessary.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The best triathlon training book Sept. 9 2013
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I bought many books last year (2012) since my wife told me that she wanted to do a full triathlon race this year (2013). Before 2013, her races are limited to few marathons, 50Ks, and 1 double marathon. She has never done any real triathlon race - meaning no swim and bike background. Her marathon PR was 3:24 - so now you know her athletic ability to judge how the training turned out to be.

Here are the books I bought:
The Triathlete's Training Bible
Be Iron Fit by Don Fink
Ironman Start to Finish, 24 Weeks to an Endurance Triathlon
Iron Planner
Training Plans for Multisport Athletes
Complete Triathlon Book by Matt Fitzgerald
Essential Week-by-Week Training Guide by Matt Fitzgerald

In addition, I bought some biking related books and other swimming related books.

If you are going to buy just one book, I recommend "Your Best Triathlon" above anything else - that is if you are going to use the heart zone, pace zone, and power zone related training. If you aren't interested in using any of those, you can just use Matth Fitzgerald's Essential Week-by-Week, but I found it not very much helping if you are serious about the training. My wife told me that she wanted to finish her first full triathlon race within 12 hours.

I believe that "Your Best Triathlon" is a much better book than the classic, "the Triathlete's Training Bible" by the same author. It pretty much explains everything you need to know along with a sample workout plan that you can use... providing you know your zone, etc. I used the book as the foundation for the training plan, then changed a bit here and there as needed.

Here are the results:
Olympic Triathlon in May (her first open water): 2:59:39 - a bad race... it was a cold day and she wasn't ready for a cold water swim, a cold bike ride, and a cold run....
Sprint Triathlon in June: 1:46:48
1/3 distance Triathlon: 3:17:29 - she took 2nd place overall female.
Ironman Half in July: 5:17:19 - she took 7 in her age group, 60 in female, and 310 in overall.
Full Rev3 in September: 11:15:56 - She took 1st in her age group - (there were 2 female in her age group faster than she was, but they took 2nd and 3rd overall female), 5th in female overall.

Here is the stat on her full-tri:
Swim: 1:13:59
Bike: 6:07:44
Run: 3:42:24

I am going to use this book again next year to improve her time. My recommendation for biking book is Training and Racing with a Power Meter by Hunter Allen.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Review in short April 1 2012
By Troy - Published on
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An excellent training partner for triathletes of varying types but is directed more toward at those who already have an understanding of training techniques and as such abbreviations of workout type(s). A great supplement to triathletes bible as it is somewhat assumed you are already applying these workouts or have access to the first book for these. Well written and could certainly set you up for a successful race or season.