Whether you’re thinking about taking part in your first sprint-distance event, are trying the Olympic-distance, or want to improve your time, Triathlon is a must read for anyone inspired by this fast-growing endurance sport.
Are you up to the challenge of the triathlon, one of the ultimate tests of human fitness, endurance, and conditioning? With three elements—swimming, cycling, and running—it pushes your body’s limits in ways that very few other sports can and the buzz you get from finishing is addictive. Here, sports journalist and triathlete Dominic Bliss explains what it is about this event that captures the imagination and how anybody with just a modicum of fitness can train to complete this celebrated feat of grit and determination. Starting with the Basics, Dominic goes into the history of the sport and discusses what it takes to compete in a race. Next is Training, where everything you need to know to prepare for the big event is outlined. Included are training plans for several distances to help not only first timers, but also those looking to improve their times. There’s professional advice on diet, improving your swimming technique, staying aerodynamic on the bike, and much more. The Equipment section follows, providing practical advice on exactly what you need in order to race. The Competing chapter will guide you through the race day—from your pre-race nutrition to the post-race warm-down and recovery. Throughout you will find expert advice from the best coaches and elite athletes, making Triathlon essential reading.
Dominic Bliss is a sports journalist with a life-long love of the outdoors. He has completed duathlons, triathlons, half Ironmans and many other tests of endurance for publications such as GQ, Men's Health and Outdoor Fitness and Adventure. His books for Dog 'n' Bone include Up For the Challenge and Cycle London. Dominic is based in London, UK.