Top-10 books, blogs, and resources for triathletes | EP#125

 May 7, 2018

By  Mikael Eriksson

Top-10 books, blogs, and resources for triathletes | EP#125

TTS125 - Top-10 books, blogs, and resources for triathletes

"What's your favourite book, blog, or resource related to triathlon?" is a question I ask all my guests on the podcast. But today I answer that question myself. Ten times!

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In this Episode you'll learn about:

  • My top 10 books, blogs or resources related to triathlon. Some well-known, some hidden gems you've probably never heard of. 
  • A few bonus honourable mentions. 
  • And some books, blogs or resources that I suspect would be strong candidates for the list, but I haven't read/listened to/watched them enough to place them on my list at this point. 

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10 - Training Peaks blog  

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  • Number 10 is the Training Peaks blog.
  • There are some brilliant articles there, but there are also more generic posts that don't give much information. 
  • However, quite often if I have something I'm researching or want to learn more about, I check this blog, which is testament to the fact that it can be a great resource. 
  • I usually find a good article that helps me along with whatever the topic is. 

9 - Twitter

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  • Obviously you need to follow the right people, and this depends on your interests. 
  • The great thing with Twitter is being able to stay up date with people you respect and can learn things from. 
  • You can learn from their own research and content, and also from what they are retweeting.
    • From this you can learn about new resources or people to follow that you might not have known about before.
  • Some of my favourite people on Twitter are:
  • The best thing about twitter is if you have a question about a specific topic, you can find the experts in the field and send them a message. 
    • You can often get an answer directly, which is brilliant.

8 - Palladino power project Facebook group & Steve Palladino's articles

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  • The Palladino Power Project Facebook group is particularly for people using running power meters like Stryd. 
  • The articles include both more theoretical and technical ones, as well as ones focusing more on practical advice. 
  • There are also case studies which you can access. 
  • It's a brilliant library of articles.
    • If I'm ever wondering about something related to running power this is my first check point. 

7 - Alan Couzens blog

8:06 - 

  • The Alan Couzens blog is perhaps a less known resource, but it's a gold-mine.
  • This blog is the exact opposite of 'click bait' articles sometimes found on triathlon websites and media.
  • Alan Doesn't post too often, but it makes sense because the research that goes into each articles is extremely high level. 
  • He often uses data he's collected from his own athletes over many, many years.
    • He uses programming/data mining to investigate different phenomenons and shares what he finds on the blog.
  • It's a brilliant resource, with blog posts on a variety of topics.
  • A couple of the topics we mentioned when he was interviewed on the show were related to lab testing.
    • Testing lactate threshold, testing VO2max.
    • There are articles related to that, but also articles about training leading up to an Ironman, periodisation, pacing etc. 

6 - TrainerRoad "Ask A Cycling Coach" podcast

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  • TrainerRoad Ask A Cycling Coach Podcast is number 6. 
  • The podcast is usually based around listener questions.
  • Trainer Road is a cycling software that can be used with an indoor trainer.
  • This podcast goes into both cycling and triathlon questions that listeners send in.
  • They don't answer live off the cuff, they do their research before hand and pick questions that are interesting for the audience. 
  • They go through the science and their coaching experience with each question. 
  • It's also very entertaining! 
  • The only minus about it is that a single episode can have a wide variety of content in it, as they answer listener questions. 
    • It can be a bit difficult to bookmark episodes to come back to with such a range of topics in each. 

5 -  Kinetic Revolution website & YouTube Channel by James Dunne

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  • Kinetic Revolution with James Dunne is number 5. 
  • The tagline of the website is: Building Better Runners.
  • He does that by providing great and well researched advice on things like core training, stretching, flexibility and mobility, injury prevention etc.
  • These things are crucial but so often not done right among runners and triathletes. 
  • If you have a niggle, go to this website and search for the specific area and learn all about it.
    • You can learn about the problem, the causes and the prevention methods. 
  • I do the same when I coach, and seek advice from here if I'm working with an athlete who has a niggle. 

4 - Alex Hutchinson's Sweat Science blog & Endure book

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3 - Matt Fitzgerald books trifecta 

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  • ​​​​I've lumped these resources together into the Matt Fitzgerald trifecta, these are my favourite Matt Fitzgerald books:
  • Matt Fitzgerald is my favourite endurance sports author. 
  • The Endurance Diet talks about the diet of endurance athletes.
    • It goes into both the science and also what the top athletes in the sport actually eat. 
    • It includes food diaries so you can see and learn from the best.
  • 80/20 Running gets into the concept of polarised training.
    • Matt and David Warden are also writing a book called 80/20 Triathlon which is out this Autumn. 
    • This is something people often get wrong in training, so the resource is important to understand. 
    • The polarised approach should be adhered too - do you easy training easy and your hard training hard. 
  • How Bad Do You Want It is in the same vein as Alex Hutchinson's book Endure, it's about the mind and how important it is for endurance performance.
    • You're not limited by your muscles or your physiology, it's your mind that imposes limits on you. 
    • You could go faster muscularly/physiologically but your mind stops you. 
    • The book gives great stories and examples from real world athletes. 
    • It also goes into the science and practical applications. 
  • The great thing about all of these books is they weave in the science, the practice and the stories from athletes.
    • It's an enjoyable and easy to read experience. 

2 -  Swim Smooth book and website

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  • The Swim Smooth book is written by Paul Newsome and Adam Young and is number 2. 
    • Paul Newsom is the founder of Swim Smooth.
  • The Swim Smooth website and newsletter are also really helpful resources. 
  • The book goes into all different swimming archetypes (e.g. Swinger, Smooth, Arnie, Bambino). 
  • Depending on your swim style it will give you tips for how you can improve your swimming.
    • E.g. what a Bambino should do to improve is different to what an Arnie should do. 
  • The Swim Smooth book goes into all things swimming. 
    • Including technique, training/fitness aspect, and open water swimming. 
  • The book is written specifically for triathletes and open water swimmers. 
  • It is very well written and has great images. 
  • It's invaluable to me in my coaching, I use it a lot. 
  • The website and newsletter complement the book very well. 

1 - Triathlon Science book

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  • It was a pretty easy choice to put the Triathlon Science book as number 1 as I refer to it regularly.
  • Every time I make an episode, for example the Taper episode I did recently, I always start with this book to learn about the topic. 
  • The book also gives good references to read the full studies the research discusses.
  • It's not just science, it's very practical.
    • It has example training schedules.
    • It has practical takeaways at the end of each chapter. 
  • You can be sure it's founded in actual science, it's not just one person's opinion. 
  • The authors of each chapter are the best experts in the world on that topic.
    • It's edited by Joe Friel and Jim Vance.
  • In my opinion it's the number 1 book any triathlete should have. 
  • A lot of the authors of the chapters have been on this podcast, check out the links at the end of this episode for a list of related episodes to listen to. 

Could have beens...

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Honorable mentions

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  • These are resources that I do use and are strong candidates, but they didn't quite make the top ten list.
  • ResearchGate.
    • For example, if I go to ResearchGate and search for Inigo Mujika I'll find plenty of things to get lost in. 
    • You can also use ResearchGate to look for publications on a certain topic.
    • You can rank your searches by researcher ranking. 
    • You can also request PDF's of full articles which is really helpful. 
      • Some research articles that aren't OpenAccess will not allow you to see more than the abstract. 
      • On ResearchGate you can often access the entire article.
      • When you can't, you can request access if you have an ResearchGate account (which is free). 
  • "Daniel's Running Formula" by Jack Daniels.
    • This was the first book I read about endurance sports. 
    • It almost placed number 1 on my list, but Triathlon Science covers most topics in a triathlon way. 
    • It's still a must read for anyone doing endurance training.
    • A lot of it applies to triathlon as well as running. 
  • Triathlonlive.tv
    • I really enjoy watching the World Triathlon Series, the ITU races, draft legal racing. 
    • You can sit on the trainer and watch the races which is great. 
    • It costs around 15 euros per year to get access to all of their races - both live and on demand.
  • Bodybuilding.com
    • I'm a big fan of strength training and this website has a great exercise database. 
    • You can either search for a movement and get specific instructions on how to do it with videos, written and audio explanations. 
    • Or if you want an exercise for a certain muscle, you can filter by a muscle group, or other filters such as machine/not machine. 
    • They also have great content on their blog about strength training and nutrition etc. 
  • Sigma Nutrition Radio (podcast).
    • This podcast is about nutrition and takes a variety of angles. 
    • It's often about strength training, and not specifically endurance athletes. 
    • You still learn a lot about nutrition and it's all based on science. 
    • It's the best nutrition podcast I've heard. 
  • "The Endurance Training Diet and Cookbook" by Jesse Kropelnicki.
    • This book would have made my top ten if I didn't already have Matt Fitzgerald's Endurance Diet. 
    • This book essentially contains the same content but it's a bit more specific and technical, which maybe makes it a bit less practical. 
    • However, I do recommend reading it, especially if you're interested in nutrition. 
    • Related listening: Race-day fueling and The Core Diet with Jesse Kropelnicki | EP#40
  • DC Rainmaker's blog.
    • For any gear, gadgets and gizmo's this is where you go for reviews. 
    • This could have been a top 10 but a lot of age groupers probably already spend too much time on here instead of training! 
    • If you're making investment in new kit, this is the best place to go.
  • Precision Hydration blog - Hydration Advice. 
    • It's a great blog, with well-researched articles. 
    • It's good for information on hydration and nutrition but there are other articles as well. 
    • There are training articles too. 
    • The Precision Hydration newsletter is also helpful to find out about new articles. 

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