Triathlon Training in Four Hours a Week: From Beginner to Finish Line in Just Six Weeks

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Rodale, May 16, 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 308 pages
The Transforming Power of Triathlon

Training for a triathlon will get you in the best shape of your life, not to mention give you a new and exciting fitness pursuit. More than that, it will change your life in ways you never imagined.

In 1994, when Eric Harr decided to train for his first triathlon in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the extent of his exercise was walking to the local mango stand for lunch. That one simple step set in motin dozens of other positive steps. Eric began eating better, had more energy, and grew more sensitized to the joys of everyday life.

You hold in your hands the key to unlocking a healthy, passion-filled life. All the motivation and practical advice you need to train for and finish a triathlon is within these pages.

Four separate training programs to accommodate every fitness level

A complete list of all the gear you need, with money-saving tips on how to get it for less

A 40-minute stretch-and-strenghten workout you can do at home--plus an abbreviated 10-minute workout for those days when you're pressed for time

A complete menu plan with delicious, healthy meal choices to fuel your active body

Strategies to stay motivated and injury-proof your body

Discounts on triathlon gear, race entry fees, travel expenses and lodging

A minute-by-minute guide to your race day

What people are saying - Write a review

Great book for your first Tri

User Review  - GHBob - Borders

I bought this book several years ago and even though I've participated in well over 20 races, I constantly refer back to it. Triathletes tend to be type A personalities and they over-analyze ... Read full review

Went from Nowhere to Finisher As Promised!

User Review  - paulaets -

This book took me through the training process for my first sprint triathlon. the Danskin Womens triathlon. I spent 6 weeks training and met my goals to not stop on any leg and to finish all three ... Read full review


20 Great Reasons to Do a Triathlon
Put Your Excuses to Rest
Gear Up without Blowing Your Budget
Your Training Program An Overview
Swim Easier
Cycle Stronger
Run Faster
Stretch and Strengthen Your Body
Stay InjuryFree
Put Your Mind to It
Seize the Race Day
Now What? The Morning After and the Rest of Your Life
An Enlightening and Entertaining Glossary of Terms
Recommended Reading
Customized Benefits and Savings for Your Next Triathlon

Put It All Together
Fuel Your Active Body

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About the author (2003)

Author and professional triathlete Eric Harr began his career as an out-of-shape legal clerk living in the U.S. Virgin Islands. After training by commuting on his mountain bike, he competed in his first athletic event, the St. Croix Triathlon. He waddled across the finish, ahead of a few noted professionals.

Almost one year after that event, Eric was ranked sixth in the world and was named Rookie of the Year. Since then, he has won 30 amateur and pro events in 23 countries and has represented the United States in two World Championship events. He is about to undertake the Hawaii Ironman as the culmination of The Ultimate Challenge, in which he's competed in 10 of the world's most strenuous and celebrated athletic events to raise money for international charities including Special Olympics.

Eric is also a TV and radio show host, a columnist for Shape magazine, a nationally syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times and the author of The Portable Personal Trainer. He lives in Marin County, California, with his wife, Alexandra Stretton, and their dog Owen.

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