Triathlon/Running training books

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    Jul 28, 2009 3:38 PM GMT
    I was wondering if anyone had particularly good experiences with or recommendations for books that provide training advice and plans for running/triathlon. I'm a casual runner at the moment trying to get back into running seriously after recovering from a minor knee injury and would like to eventually run a full triathlon in the next year or two. Sources with details about proper running/swimming form and injury prevention would be preferred. What did you like/dislike about the books you've used?

    For running I've heard about "Chi Running" and "Brain Training for Runners" Anyone have experience with either of these titles?

    For Tri training I've heard about "The Triathlete's Training Bible" and was wondering what people thought about this one.

  • swimbikerun

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    Jul 28, 2009 6:30 PM GMT
    I would say that I like things simple. Some of the books are very hardcore and go in deep with information that don't match my goals or desire.
    I've looked at many books and this one is my favorite:

    http://www.amazon.com/Training-Plans-Multisport-Athletes-Ultimate/dp/188473782X

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    Simple, attainable varied plans. Read, plan, get up, follow the plan, repeat until race day. I started with Sprints and did an Ironman using this book.
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    Jul 28, 2009 6:50 PM GMT
    I've used one of his half marathon training programs. I read the book - via the library - and followed the regimen detailed online. I also used another one to help train a friend of mine. I liked it.

    http://home.trainingpeaks.com/training-and-nutrition-plans/training-plans/hal-higdon.aspx
  • toybrian

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    Jul 28, 2009 10:11 PM GMT
    DMarco get Runners Magazine...have a lot of great articles in then and can also go to their website to see many ways of getting trained...use them for training for the half marathon and like it so far and will know when the Philly Distance Race comes up in 12 weeks....good luck to you..
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    Jul 29, 2009 6:58 AM GMT

    There is a lot of good training advice on the internet.
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    Jul 29, 2009 12:01 PM GMT
    devontrainer said
    There is a lot of good training advice on the internet.



    This is true, but I'm just trying to see which of the many resources out there people have had the most success with.
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    Jul 29, 2009 12:04 PM GMT
    dmarco said
    devontrainer said
    There is a lot of good training advice on the internet.



    This is true, but I'm just trying to see which of the many resources out there people have had the most success with.


    Then always start here:
    http://www.runnersworld.com/topic/0,7122,s6-238-244-0-0,00.html
  • Atriathlete

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    Jul 29, 2009 12:59 PM GMT
    For swimming, you should consider the Total Immersion DVDs or book.

    For running, Bobby McGee's "Run Workouts for Runners and Triathletes" will offer lots of ideas about how to vary your training. It's available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Run-Workouts-Runners-Triathletes-Binder/dp/1934030333/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1248872217&sr=8-1

    Hope this helps. Rob
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    Dec 22, 2010 8:37 AM GMT
    I've had success with the triathlon training schedule here http://bit.ly/e4Ai7N

    I also really like the total immersion swimming dvds. The set of videos here http://bit.ly/h6wnr3 are specific to develop triathlon swimming technique.
  • UStriathlete

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    Dec 24, 2010 8:16 PM GMT
    the best info out there is on www.teamtbb.com forum.

    you get live access to the coach who made Chrissie Wellington who she is today.

    Total Immersion is crap. you cant swim that for 400m nor 2.4miles.
  • Ironman4U

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    Dec 24, 2010 8:26 PM GMT
    I have The Triathlete Training Bible. It's full of great info and worth it as a resource. Not a light read and a bit technical, more geared for the coach or experienced triathlete geek.