There’s a trend in the tri world, that once you’ve won a race, you’re now qualified to write a book. No doubt, there’s something to be learned from winning athletes, but I’d argue that some of the stuff out there isn’t worth your time.
In an effort to bring you a small sample of the good stuff, here are some of the favorites from tri-athletes around the country.
A Life Without Limits
Author: Chrissie Wellington
Recommended by: Me (Two time Ironwoman)
What I say:
Wellington’s voice makes it seem like you’re reading about a friend who travels the world and accidently becomes an Ironman. She attributes a lot of her success to her addictive and “control-freak” personalities; something that I think most of us who enter adventure races, long distance triathlons, and run marathons, can appreciate.
“Sport is my drug of choice these days. It’s one of the best drugs there is. It keeps you fit and healthy, even if, in the case of ironman, it pushes your body to the limit.”
The book has a very positive tone that is encouraging for channeling your craving into racing.
The Time Crunched Triathlete
Author: Chris Carmichael
Recommended by: Tim Crist, of Tucson, Arizona, currently training for Vineman, a full distance triathlon in July 2013.
What he says:
“I didn’t read it as much for saving time, as for all the options he gives on training. Periodization and interval training really helped me get faster — especially in the pool. I am a fan of CTS (Carmichael Training Systems) “Train — right” regardless of what has come to light with Armstrong. Following the training regimen had a noticeable positive effect on my race times.”
Start to Finish: 24 Weeks to an Endurance Triathlon
Author: Paul Huddle and Roch Frey
Recommended by: Three time Ironwoman, Erika Heins and her Ironman husband, Luke.
What they said:
“Luke and I have followed this plan for two of our Ironmans. I really like the way he broke down the training into 6‑week sections each with its own focus. The workouts were easy to understand and follow, with not too many technical terms, and the time was do-able…
This is not the 10-hour‑a week plan but for the most part it was reasonable for an Ironman training plan. It was a good book for a beginning ironman triathlete. Luke and I had not done a triathlon nor had we trained for one when we started our first 24 week program for Ironman Lake Placid, so we were total rookies for this, and this book was pretty good for that.”
The final chapters explain what to expect during race week and how to prepare for it which, is very useful.
I’m Here to Win
Author: Chris McCormack
Recommended by: Three time Ironwoman, Corie Young of Washington, Oklahoma
What she said:
“It was a fascinating look into the long career of what makes one of the world’s best all-around triathletes. From his humorous honesty about mind games and attitude, and discussing his competition in training and racing, it was a fun, motivating, and educational book.”
Author: Rich Roll
Recommended by: Joanne Follett, who finished her first Ironman race in Tempe, Ariz this year.
What she said:
“It’s a great story,” Follett said. “Much more so than Wellington’s who was basically an Ironman prodigy and really didn’t overcome much to find her greatness. I’m inspired by regular people like me, with jobs, families, and lives, who set their mind to something, who overcome obstacles and average-ness, to accomplish an Ironman. My true inspiration comes from those who race, even when they know there’s no prize money at the end, or perhaps cross the finish line even after many of the spectators have already left.”