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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress; 2 edition (Jan. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030066
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2.5 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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"An in-depth guide to succeeding at Iron-distance triathlon. Ideal for anyone looking to life his or her game to the next level." -- Triathlete magazine

"Going Long is a valuable read for any triathlete, not just those aiming for an Ironman®. This is a great resource for a large audience." -- Triathlon Magazine Canada

"Going Long targets triathletes of varying ability and Ironman® aspirations. If you have one shot at the Ironman and training time is at a premium, then 22 pages on strength training may not be for you. However, the 21 pages on nutrition could determine your Ironman destiny." -- IMPACT magazine

"Gordo and Joe have a unique way of helping the long-distance athlete to recognize what's important in fitting these events into one's life…In our age of information overload they give the self-coached athletes all the tools they need to succeed." -- Scott Molina, coach and former professional triathlete

"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

"Whether you're a beginning triathlete or a seasoned pro, Joe Friel is the leading authority on triathlon training." -- Ryan Bolton, member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team

"In Going Long, Gordo Byrn and Joe Friel have combined their talents to provide a meaningful training resource for Ironman-distance racing." -- George M. Dallam, Ph.D., former USA Triathlon National Teams Coach, co-author of Championship Triathlon Training

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The No. 1 guide to triathlon's ultimate endurance event

Whether you are preparing for your first Ironman or your fastest, Going Long will make every hour of training count. Inside this groundbreaking second edition from best-selling authors Joe Friel and Gordon Byrn you will find more than 40 sport-specific drills to improve your technique, making you more efficient at swimming, cycling, and running.

In addition, proven key workouts for each sport and a complete strength training program will help you build the muscular endurance that is critical to Ironman success.

Time commitment, burnout, and injury are realities that every athlete must face in Ironman prep. Friel and Byrn offer a simplified approach for working triathletes to help them balance their training time with other obligations.

Also new to the second edition is a chapter on wellness and recovery from Dr. Jeff Shilt with invaluable information on monitoring and maintaining your health during the rigors of training. This new advice includes plentiful details on common aches and pains and will help you target nagging overuse injuries with an active recovery strategy to speed rehabilitation.

Throughout this completely revised new edition, Friel and Byrn directly advise the novice, intermediate, and elite triathlete, making it the most comprehensive and nuanced guide to Ironman training ever written. Going Long is the book you will return to, season after season.

Joe Friel is one of the most trusted names in triathlon coaching and the best-selling author of The Triathlete's Training Bible, Your First Triathlon, and The Cyclist's Training Bible. He is a certified USA Triathlon and USA Cycling coach and holds a master's degree in exercise science.

Gordon Byrn is an elite long-course triathlete and coach certified by USA Triathlon, Triathlon Australia, and the American Swim Coaches Association. He has raced Ironman competitions in Hawaii, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

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At first a lot of the information in this book seemed to be a rehash of "The Triathlete's Training Bible" as stated in my original review. But after reading the book carefully and really pondering what the authors have to say, there does appear to be a lot dedicated toward the art of completing an ironman triathlon. In all fiarness, I must change my review. And if some of the information has been printed in "The Triathlete's Training Bible," at least in this book it is all arranged with one purpose--to finish a full ironman.
First, I must applaud the authors for their inclusion in the introduction. They admit that anyone can finish an Ironman triathlon if they have one thing: will. The down-to-earth tone permiates throughout the entire book.
There are excellent lists for pacing on the bike, mental condition, getting the most from nutrition and the common sense notion that endurance on the bike leg is the most important portion of a successful ironman seems so simple that one does need to constantly remind oneself about it.
Too often triathletes train, train, train, and then train some more. I get sick of hearing about macho-style workouts, and triathlon is just one portion of my life. If you work, have a family, practice toher hobbies, actually give yourself to others, and don't spend every dime you make on triathlon, the philosophies in this book will suit your lifestyle. The authors make a very convincing argument for having three major endurance workouts a week--75 to 100 minutes for the swim, 5 to 6 hours on the bike, and 90 to 150 minutes for the run. Instead of the megablock weekend torture fests that most triathletes brag about, they suggest doing runs in the middle of the week, and the bike on the weekends. All other workouts are secondary to these three.
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The premise of this book is great - a long-distance focus on the training ideas formulated in the Triathlete's Training Bible, but I just didn't find that I got much extra out of the book. I found that the most important concepts had already been covered and this book only either repeated them, or added peripheral new information.
Having said that, for all the cost of a book, especially compared to many other aspects of the sport, it's still worth adding to your training library.
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This is a very good book to prepare your first Ironman and cross the line with a great smile! Personnaly, I have used the Ken Training plan, and I cross the line in 11:00:00 at Wales Ironman. Thank you Joe! (Claude Pratte)
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First of all, Going Long is not a rehash of Triathlete's Training Bible. TTB gives you everything you need to prepare yourself physically to get to the starting line. Going Long gives you what you need to get to the finish line.
The book addresses psychological and emotional issues during races, nutrition issues specific to ironman racing, not ironman training, as TTB does, and provides a lot of other useful information, such as race strategies.
Compared to the other offerings available, this is one of the few that provides long distance racers the wisdom and experience of the author's years racing, and can be put to immediate use.
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I've been in search of the right Ironman training book for a while. Most regular tri books devote little time to IM training, and others are so complicated they're intimidating (The Triathlete's Training Bible has great information, but I find it really complex.) This gets it right. If you're a nerd like me who likes to understand the logic behind a training program, you can get it here. You can also skim for tips or workouts if you just want to know what to do and when. Especially great is the nutrition section -- Gordo has some very logical, no-hype tips that really work.
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