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Epilogue: The Application of Science in Triathlon

Joe Friel

Joe Friel, MSc, has trained endurance athletes since 1980. He served as head coach of the U.S. national triathlon team at the world championships in 2000, and athletes he has worked with have appeared in the Olympic Games and world and national championships. He is cofounder of USA Triathlon’s National Coaching Association and served on the USA Triathlon Coaching Certification Committee. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Triathlon Science

Human Kinetics, 2013

Ebook Chapter

...Is training to perform at a high level in triathlon only about training longer, harder, and more often? Having read this book and now perhaps having a deeper understanding of the science of training for triathlon, you know the answer: A lot...

On the Bike

Triathlon Science

Human Kinetics, 2013

Ebook Chapter

...Optimum performance during the cycling portion of a triathlon is heavily influenced by equipment selection and triathlete–bicycle integration. A triathlete with a top-of-the-line bicycle will not have success if he is poorly integrated...

Warm-Up and Cool-Down

Triathlon Science

Human Kinetics, 2013

Ebook Chapter

...In the complexities of training, triathletes and coaches often forget that the mass of the human body is subject to the same physical laws as all other matter. Specifically, the effect of temperature on any solid or liquid is to change its...

Genetics and Inheritance in Triathlon Performance

Triathlon Science

Human Kinetics, 2013

Ebook Chapter

...Athletic performance and the occurrence of sports-related injuries are both multifactorial conditions, which are determined by the complex and poorly understood interactions of both environmental and genetic factors. Although much work has...

Muscle Types and Triathlon Performance

Triathlon Science

Human Kinetics, 2013

Ebook Chapter

...One of the most persistent and perhaps misapplied concepts in exercise physiology is the theory of muscle fiber types and function. Coaches and athletes recognize that some people possess greater speed or explosiveness than others...

Physiology of Overtraining

Triathlon Science

Human Kinetics, 2013

Ebook Chapter

...Exercise imposes stress on the body. Elevated heart rate, increased blood flow to the extremities, heightened release of hormones including epinephrine and cortisol, even conscious perception of effort—all these acute responses to exercise...

Sprint

Triathlon Science

Human Kinetics, 2013

Ebook Chapter

...When triathletes enter a triathlon, both they and their coaches should have strategy and tactics in mind before race day. Strategy is the big-picture look at the event. If a triathlete is entering the Local Excellent Olympic-Distance...

Triathlon Training Technologies

Triathlon Science

Human Kinetics, 2013

Ebook Chapter

...Technological advancements in recent years have made lives easier and simpler and have even advanced knowledge about training. For technology to be useful to triathletes and coaches, it needs to help them become faster and stronger...

Bike Base Building

Triathlon Science

Human Kinetics, 2013

Ebook Chapter

...The base training phase is the single most important training period for endurance athletes preparing for competition or for those simply looking to improve their level. The majority of physiological improvements and endurance development...

Running Biomechanics for Triathlon

Triathlon Science

Human Kinetics, 2013

Ebook Chapter

...Running form is potentially an important part of successful performance in triathlon. (Anderson 1996, Fletcher, Bartlett, Romanov, and Fotouhi 2009, Hausswirth, and Brisswalter 2008, Kyröläinen, Belli, and Komi 2001, Saunders, Pyne...