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The triathlon community is a tight-knit one. Triathletes are always looking for ways to improve their performance and get the edge on their competition. One way to do this is by reading books that offer excellent training advice or tell inspirational stories about other athletes who have succeeded in the sport of triathlon. This blog post will give you some ideas about what books every triathlete should read.


The Complete IRONMAN®: The Official Illustrated Guide to the Ultimate Endurance Race, by Bob Babbitt


This book is excellent for beginners who want to learn more about training and what it takes to complete an Ironman. The book does an excellent job of describing the different phases of the race, explains some common mistakes that lead to DNFs (Did Not Finish), and gives you some tips on how triathletes can train smarter.


A Life Without Limits: A World Champion’s Journey, by Chrissie Wellington


This book is an excellent read for triathletes who want to improve their mental fitness. Chrissie Wellington, a four-time Ironman world champion and Olympic gold medalist in rowing, tells how she overcame challenging circumstances (such as having polio at the age of nine) to become one of the best endurance athletes in the world. Wellington’s story is an excellent example of how triathletes can push themselves to go beyond what they thought was possible and achieve greatness in their sport.


Faster: Demystifying the Science of Triathlon Speed, Jim Gourley


This book is an excellent resource for triathletes looking to improve their running speed and overall endurance. The author, Jim Gourley, explains how he used scientific methods to break down the three sports of triathlon (swimming, biking, and running) into different components that can be trained in isolation and collectively.


The Triathlete’s Training Bible, by Joe Friel


This book is another excellent choice for triathletes who want to learn about training and improving performance. The author, Joe Friel, is a world-renowned endurance sports coach working with athletes in different disciplines for over thirty years.


This list is a must-read for any triathlete who wants to improve their speed, strength, and endurance. These books cover training methods for every part of the race, including mental toughness tips from top athletes in the sport. If you are looking to excel, take the time to read through these books and put into action what they say.