In my quest to complete a full Ironman
Triathlon, I have done a lot of research on training methods, injury
prevention, best equipment, nutrition... and the list goes on. There are so
many diverse ways to train and eat and my mind is full of information that is
often contradictory. However, I do believe each person is different and that's why
there are so many differing ideas out there. The best way to learn what is best for you is
to research, try various methods, then stick with the one that works for your
specific needs and goals.
So, what resources are out there to get all
of this useful information?
There is a ton of research being done in this
area. But since I am not an academic, I find books, podcasts, and websites
Here are some of my favorites:
Given that only 7% of published works in the
world are available in a format that a blind person can read; my list is
limited to accessible formats only. These books provide great information and
enough humor that it keeps me interested and entertained.
Triathlon for the Every Woman: You can be a
triathlete. Yes. You.
By Meredith Atwood
This book is a barrel of laughs from the
first page and doesn’t stop until the last. Meredith Atwood describes her
journey into the world of triathlon in a way that is humorous and informative
at the same time. This motivating book demonstrates how anyone can be a
triathlete no matter what their starting point is. You are limited only by yourself.
The Best 50 Tips EVER for Triathlon Swimming,
Biking and Running
By Scott Welle
This book is easy to read, well layed out,
and full of tips to make your triathlon experience easier and more efficient.
It is great for a beginner triathlete, but also provides some tips that even
experienced triathletes can use.
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes,
and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
By Christopher McDougall
Obviously this book is focused on running and
not on triathlon, but it was such a fun read that I just had to include it in
my top picks. It has interesting information on research, but is mostly a fun
story told in a humorous way that will keep you laughing throughout.
Podcasts and websites
I put these two categories together since
podcasts typically include websites and additional information. Podcasts are a
great way to gather lots of information in short bursts. You can listen while
washing dishes, cooking dinner, or while you are training. If you miss
something... No problem, just go to the website and read through the show
Marathon Training Academy
This podcast focuses on distance running and
is hosted by Angie and Trevor, a married couple. Their dynamics make the show
entertaining and interesting. They have great guests and Angie gives tips on
training and injury prevention. Angie also does one-on-one coaching and they
have an MTA community where you can join to learn from others.
Tower 26: Be Race Ready Podcast
This podcast focuses on the swim portion of
the triathlon. Coach Gerry gives tips on training and technique to get you
ready for a triathlon. What I like most about the podcast is that Coach Gerry
explains the technique of swimming in a way that is understandable and easy to
implement. He also understands that triathlon swimming in open water is very
different than pool swimming and racing.
Endurance Ladies Radio
I love this podcast! It is a new addition to
the world of podcasts but they are focused on women which is what I believe is
missing in other podcasts. They have women on their show who are involved in
many endurance sports and talk about how they balance training and racing with
life as a parent, professional, and athlete.
Older Fitness: 40 + Fitness Podcast
This podcast focuses on fitness and nutrition
for people 40 years old and up. I like this show because the host, Allan Misner
provides many points of view - even those he is sceptical about. He tries each
of the methods he talks about, so you know he is giving you a perspective based
on experience. Allan also provides personal training.
Blind Alive Eyes Free Fitness
This is a resource specific to people with
sight loss. The podcast provides information on fitness, accessible equipment and
apps and nutrition. The website includes fitness workouts specifically recorded
for people who are blind. They can be done in your own home, taking away the
barriers of transportation or not being able to follow an instructor in a mainstreamed
class. The workouts are accompanied by well described instructions on how to do
each of the exercises and can be adapted for varying levels of fitness. I
highly recommend these workouts to anyone who is looking for a way to improve
their fitness without the hassles of having to deal with transportation issues
or feeling lost in a fitness class due to a lack of understanding by the instructors.
There are many more resources out there
depending on your goals and purpose for training. If you would like to share
any of the resources you use, please send them to me at my e-mail address
Diane is a proud member of The Tandem Project and Won with One Triathlon team. For more information, go to www.thetandemproject.org. Questions? Comments? Email Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org