Table of Contents

Introduction 1

About This Book 1

Conventions Used in This Book 2

What You're Not to Read 3

Foolish Assumptions 3

How This Book Is Organized 3

Part I: Starting Your Triathlon Training 3

Part II: Taking It One Sport at a Time: Swim, Bike, Run 4

Part III: Training for Your Triathlon 4

Part IV: Planning for Race Day 4

Part V: The Part of Tens 5

Icons Used in This Book 5

Where to Go from Here 6

Part 1: Starting Your Triathlon Training 7

Chapter 1: Training for a Multi-Sport Event 9

Defining Your Triathlon 9

Choosing a distance and event 10

Setting your triathlon goal 10

Evaluating Your Equipment Needs 11

Taking to Your Sport 12

Finding your form 12

Making time for transitions 13

Training on a Schedule 13

Fueling your body and mind 14

Strengthening and stretching your limits 14

Looking Forward to This Race, and the Next One, and the Next One 15

Knowing what to expect during your first race 15

Thinking about what you'll do next 16

Chapter 2: Choosing Your Event 17

Going the Distance: Knowing Your Race Options 17

Super Sprint 18

Sprint 18

Olympic 19

Half-Iron 20

Ironman 21

Checking Your Calendar 21

Considering the Course 22

Going with the flow in a lake, ocean, or river 23

Striving for peak performance 23

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Traveling to Your Event 24

Getting yourself there 24

Getting your gear there 25

Eating and sleeping away from home 26

Weathering the heat or cold 27

Registering for Your Event 27

Chapter 3: Gearing Up with the Right Equipment 29

Selecting Comfort First 30

Suiting Up: Knowing What Equipment You Need for Swimming 31

Selecting a suit 32

The eyes have it: Finding the best goggles 39

A no-hair day: Selecting a swim cap 43

Ride On: Choosing a Bike and Bike Gear 45

Looking at your bike options 46

Getting fit first: Why the proper bike fit is important 52

Picking pedals and shoes 54

What to wear: Clothing and accessories 54

Pounding the Pavement: Getting What You Need for the Run 57

Choosing a good running shoe 57

Dressing for the occasion: Clothing and accessories 58

Chapter 4: Getting Ready: Body and Mind 61

Let's Get Physical: Checking In with Your Doctor before You Begin 61

Knowing whether you need a physical 62

Knowing what to expect if you get a physical 63

Evaluating Your Fitness 63

Cardiovascular 64

Body composition 65

Muscular strength and endurance 67

Flexibility 68

Building Your Support Network 70

Developing your own cheering section 70

Training with other triathletes 71

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