I’ve debated the triathlon ever since I met a bunch of friends who did triathlons in addition to running. For the most part I feel like I don’t want to do one… the swim really scares me. However, the 7 Weeks to a Triathlon book started to make me feel like I could actually do one. I just need a bike… and a place to swim… and time to train!
In all honesty, this book is a great resource to get started… at least, in my opinion as a run coach who has never done a tri! Perhaps I’ll have to do one someday to mark it off the list. There is a super short version that culminates in a one-mile run… that means the swim and bike legs are short too. Maybe I’ll find one of those. It would probably be a kids triathlon though.
The book is written with an authoritative tone, yet also contains a hefty dose of humor. I liked that, it felt approachable. So instead of being too babyish or to hardcore, this book strikes a great balance.
Sprinkled throughout the workout pages are tips or motivational quotes, to help power you through. Four of the 7 weeks in the program have a specific focus, like run, bike, swim or taper. You always know exactly what it is you are working on so you aren’t left wondering, “Why am I doing this now?”
Just like with any sport, triathlon comes with its own language. This book includes a glossary of terms so you can figure out what things like drafting and m-dot mean and don’t have to feel left out of the conversation once you’re hangin’ with triathletes. And just as an FYI…
Drafting: Following less than the distance of 7 meters (about 3 bike lengths) behind or within 2 meters next to another cyclist. The rider who is drafting gets as much as a 40 percent Reduction in wind resistance by positioning themselves in a low-pressure area directly behind the lead cyclist. When caught by an official, this will result in a time penalty. When caught by other riders, this will usually result in some choice words.
M-Dot: A symbol taken from the Ironman logo, a dot on top of the letter M, which resembles a person.
In addition to the real meat of the book (the training programs, that’s what people really want, right? To be told what to do and when to do it?) the book has info on how triathlons came about, tips and tricks to use throughout your training and race day as well as personal anecdotes from the authors on how they got into the sport.
You can connect with others on the 7 Weeks to a Triathlon community on Facebook. This book is part of a whole series of programs that can be found on the 7weekstofitness.com website. They have a 7 Weeks to 50 Pull-Ups workout… I probably could use a 7 Weeks to ONE Pull-up program!