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Your First Triathlon: Race-Ready in 5 Hours a Week

Your First Triathlon, 2nd Ed.: Race-Ready in 5 Hours a WeekJoe Friel is the top coach in triathlon and his book Your First Triathlon is the best-selling book for beginner triathletes. This clear and comprehensive book makes preparing for sprint and Olympic triathlons simple and stress-free. Joe Friel’s practical training plan takes fewer than 5 hours a week, giving aspiring triathletes the confidence and fitness to enjoy their first race.

Your First Triathlon offers a 12-week training plan for total beginners as well as custom plans for athletes experienced in running, cycling, or swimming. Four easy-to-use plans include achievable swim, bike, run, and optional strength workouts that will gradually but surely build anyone into a triathlete.

Joe offers helpful advice to simplify the complexities of the swim-bike-run sport. Even a total novice will learn commonsense tips and tricks to navigate packet pickup, set up a transition area, fuel for race day, finish a stress-free swim, and ensure that race day goes as smoothly as planned.

Joe Friel is the coach experienced triathletes trust most. His book The Triathlete’s Training Bible is the best-selling triathlon training resource and now his trusted advice is available to help beginners enjoy their first triathlon experience


You Are an Ironman: How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World’s Toughest Triathlon

As he did so masterfully in his New York Times bestseller The Gatekeepers, Jacques Steinberg creates a compelling portrait of people obsessed with reaching a life-defining goal.

You Are an Ironman: How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World's Toughest TriathlonIn this instance, the target is an Ironman triathlon-a 2.4-mile open-water swim followed by a 112-mile bike ride, then finally a 26-mile marathon run, all of which must be completed in no more than seventeen hours.

Steinberg focuses not on the professional who live off the prize money and sponsorships, but on a handful of triathletes who regard the sport as a hobby.

Vividly capturing the grueling preparation, the suspense of completing each event of the triathlon, and the spectacular feats of human endurance, Steinberg plumbs the physical and emotional toll as well as the psychological payoff of the participants of the Ford Ironman Arizona 2009.

His You Are an Ironman is both a riveting sports narrative and a fascinating, behind-the-scenes study of what makes these athletes keep going.

Renegade Triathlete Psychology System Review

“The Renegade Triathlete Psychology System Differs From All The Other Sports Psychology Products On The Market Today.  Here’s How!”

Renegade Triathlete Psychology Intro

Renegade Triathlete PsychologyAs a triathlete that is always looking to improve my training, nutrition and ultimately, my PRs, I can become overwhelmed with the volume of information that is available from the Internet, books, magazines, etc. I’m sure you feel the same way; there is no shortage of training and nutrition advice out there (for better or worse).

It’s a completely different story, however, when it comes to the mental training protocols for triathletes. This information is scarce, and often what you can find is just the general sports psychology paradigms that have been around decades. As six time Ironman Champion Dave Scott puts it “There’s no question, the component of triathlon training that is lagging behind is the mental component. We haven’t done a very good job of integrating psychology into training programs.”

Renegade Triathlete Psychology Solves Challenges

The Renegade Triathlete Psychology System was created by a team of alternative psychology coaches and elite triathlon coaches and competitors, to specifically address the most common challenges that we face in our training and racing, such as:

  • Pre-Race Nerves
  • Lack of Confidence
  • Losing Focus – not sticking to the game plan
  • Pain: fatigue, cramps, nausea, etc.
  • Accelerated Healing from Injuries
  • Strong Training… but Lack-Luster Racing
  • Worry and Anxiety over the “Uncontrol-ables”
  • Learning to Trust your Training and Abilities

The Renegade Triathlete Psychology System differs from all of the other sports psychology products out there in two ways:

It’s specific to triathletes. There is no doubt that the creators of this system went to great lengths to cover as many aspects of triathlon training and racing as possible. They drew upon their own experiences, but also consulted with elite coaches and their triathletes for insights and feedback.

It utilizes alternative sports psychology. The three main tools are hypnosis, NLP, and Energy Mechanics (a form of acupuncture).

These guys and this system are results-oriented. They admit up-front that they are intentionally short on theory, and only care about results. All of their techniques are outside of mainstream, but as you will see from the testimonials on the website, so are the results.

One of the great things about the Renegade Triathlete Psychology System is a valuable resource for any triathlete that believes that he/she can improve upon their mental training and preparation for this system is that it gives you several different techniques to test out for any of the areas you need to improve. My personal favorites are the hypnosis sessions. I was a little skeptical at first, because all I could think about was my brother doing funny things up on stage at a comedy show when he was hypnotized. But these audio sessions are nothing like that! It just feels like 20 minutes of relaxation, with the coach taking you through any of the three segments of a race, or building confidence, or recovering faster from training. I felt great after each session, and within a couple of weeks started noticing improvements in several aspects of my training… without any conscious effort on my part.

The NLP and Energy Mechanics techniques are very interesting and have become a staple of my training and racing. Both of these are performed in-the-moment and have proved to work well for any negative feelings that crop up, especially late in a race. They are also very subtle, so you never have to feel self-conscious about using them.

The one drawback I had in learning these last two techniques is that I’m a visual learner. Although the descriptions are quite detailed and there are photos, I really would have done better with some video tutorials. Maybe they will add this feature to the product in the future.

Renegade Triathlete Psychology System Conclusion

The Renegade Triathlete Psychology System is a valuable resource for any triathlete that believes that he/she can improve upon their mental training and preparation for racing.   Although some of the psychological challenges can differ from the rank beginner to the elite professional, these techniques can be adapted and used by all of us to finally start “training our brains”.

At the time of this writing the price is $57 US. Which seems to be quite a bargain, as that just one session around here with a sports hypnotist (who may know nothing specific to triathletes) is a whopping $125. Another nice feature is that these guys offer free email coaching for sixty days, as well as a solid money-back guarantee.

To test the system out for yourself CLICK HERE

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