Active Triathlon Book Club

Active Triathlon Book Club

By Ryan Wood
Active.com

Looking for a great book to teach, aid or inspire you as a triathlete? From how-to stories to entertaining narratives to insightful autobiographies, here a few of Active.com's favorite triathlon books:

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Training Plan for Multisport Athletes

Training Plan for Multisport Athletes

By Gale Bernhardt

Bernhardt touches on all distances from sprint to Ironman for all levels of tri competitors. In all, 15 detailed training plans and numerous workout ideas are covered.

Bike Maintenance

You Are an Ironman

By Jacques Steinberg

A best-selling author follows around six weekend warriors as they train for—and conquer—their first 140.6-mile race. An inspirational read.

Racing Weight

Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance

By Matt Fitzgerald

Weight is a constant issue facing many adults, and it can make a big difference in your triathlon performance. This book details how to determine your optimal weight—then how to reach it.

Strength Training for Triathletes

By Patrick Hagerman

There are strength-training guides, and then there is this book, which is specifically for triathletes. All distances are covered and 60 different exercises are detailed.

17 Hours to Glory

17 Hours to Glory

By Mathias Muller

This is a thorough history lesson detailing the best stories to come out of the Ironman World Championship in Kona over the last three decades. Every big name—and big moment—is here.

Training Bible

The Triathlete's Training Bible

By Joe Friel

It is as the title suggests: a comprehensive, no-stone-unturned guide to successful triathlon racing, from training to race-day tips to planning your calendar.

Dog in a Hat

Workouts in a Binder: Swim Workouts for Triathletes

By Gale Bernhardt

It's perhaps the most intimidating leg for many triathletes, but it doesn't have to be. This book shows a correct approach to improving your swimming and turning it into a strength.

IronWar

Iron War

By Matt Fitzgerald

Active Expert Matt Fitzgerald documents the epic 1989 battle between Dave Scott and Mark Allen, in which 140.6 miles and 8 hours of racing in Kona was separated by a mere 59 seconds.

Sports Nutrition

Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes

By Monique Ryan

The so-called fourth leg of the triathlon is examined in-depth with examples of meal planning, shopping lists, sample menus and overall nutrition strategy.

In a Single Bound

In a Single Bound

By Sarah Reinertsen

This memoir details the life of one of the world's most famous disabled athletes, who competed in Kona and on "The Amazing Race" despite being born handicapped. A good read if you need a little inspiration.

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