[caption id="attachment_8794" align="alignright" width="300"]triathlon - road map - no meat athlete No Meat Athlete Triathlon Roadmap is available today by clicking this link and making a purchase NMA Tri Roadmap[/caption] Triathlon can be an intimidating sport with all of these fit people walking around the expo and transition as if they have been swimming, biking and running since they were in the womb.  Lucky for me I never noticed these people, nor did I have a clue about what I was really getting myself into.  Fortunately for me, being naive about the sport of triathlon played into my favor as I had no expectations and immersed myself into the sport I have grown to love. I consider myself lucky to have been able to get into the sport the way I did but maybe you have been reading my blog for a while and wondering if this sport is for you.  I mean stories of riding my bike for 6 hours and then running for 2 hours doesn't sound like a lot of fun to most.  Maybe that person is you, but I have something for you.  Yesterday, Susan Lacke released her first book and the title alone should set your mind at ease.  Susan's book is called No Meat Athlete Triathlon Road Map.  That is correct this is a book that will take you from sitting on your couch to racing in your first sprint triathlon and showing you all the fun along the way in your training and racing. Yours truly had the honor to be contacted by Susan about helping out with the book.  I don't know if I ever responded to an email faster but if Susan asks you if you want to help you don't care what it is you just say yes.  Reality is that it is going to involve only a few things and none of them are bad.  The topics are going to be triathlon/endurance sports, cupcakes or embarrassing stories about yourself.  You can see how easy it was for me to say yes because I am up for all three of those topics. Before I tell you a little about the book, let me tell you about how I came across Susan and Matt Frazier of No Meat Athlete. It was when I first started my original blog and was reading a blog post from Mandy Farrar of Caratunk Girl that had a link to an interview that Susan was involved in.  I clicked on it and at first I couldn't really tell what I was watching but I was intrigued. Here was a person talking about triathlon and endurance sports.  She didn't look like the athletes you see everywhere at a race.  She discussed her foray into IMWI and how it went and I was hooked.  This sport was no longer intimidating but instead it was fun. I was hooked and started reading everything that she wrote because there was a lot of humor and reality to the sport. We all have great days but we all have horrible days too.  Every swim, ride and run isn't going to get 5 gold starts and more often than not it is going to suck. It is going to be hard and you are going to question what you are doing and why you are doing it.  Reading an article from Susan and the feelings you were experiencing were not unique to you.  There was an entire world going through what you were going through.  This made the whole concept of training and racing triathlon a bit easier to do. It was at that point that I decided to run the Cupcake Marathon.  The idea behind this was nothing big.  Just a simple challenge to run a half or full marathon distance over a number of days.  As I was putting this together I got correspondence from Susan regarding a logo and t-shirts and all the sudden this was a real thing.  Susan even said that she would see if Matt would offer up a prize, in the form of two free e-books, for winners.  This was my first introduction to Matt and No Meat Athlete. From that day forward I have relied on Matt and his blog posts to help guide me through the decision to become a plant-based athlete.  To this day I rely on Matt and his insight into being a plant-based endurance athlete.  He has written two blog posts recently that have really stuck out to me.  The most recent one was titled Why Vegans And Paleos Should Stop Hating Each Other and the other was That's WHAT's in my rice? How To Kick Arsenic's Ass.  These two stood out to me for different reasons but they still left a mark.  In the Vegans and Paleos blog post Matt takes a realistic view to eating in these lifestyles and how they are more similar than different but when you read through the comments some people just don't agree with him.  The article about arsenic was a real eye opener and to this day when I think about buying rice I think twice.  Do I really want to buy the rice and do the work that is required to lessen the amount of arsenic in it.  Read this articles and all the others on the No Meat Athlete site and get a world of lessons to being a plant-based athlete.

No Meat Athlete Triathlon Road Map

As I said earlier I am honored to be a contributor to this book and when Susan sent me an advanced copy I was ready to fall asleep as I had a later stint in the pool and swimming just wipes you out. I clicked on the PDF (no shipping involved so when you buy it you get it. How awesome is that?) I could not stop reading.  From the introduction to the training plan to the recipes to the meal plan.  It is all here for you to be successful and have fun doing it.  You can tell immediately that Susan wrote it as there is a respect for the sport in terms of safety and preparation but simultaneously a humorous crack along the way as well. I cannot guarantee that you will be qualifying for Kona after reading this book but what I can tell you is that the sport of triathlon and the idea of a plant-based lifestyle will no longer be intimidating. If you are interested in the sport I highly encourage you to purchase the roadmap now (pssst.....they are offering $10 off between August 12th and August 16th so don't wait) and get yourself started down the road to crossing the finish line of your first triathlon. Thank you Susan and Matt for allowing me to contribute. I truly appreciate it.
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Triathlon Anatomy by Mark Klion,MD and Troy Jacobson Book Review

  [caption id="attachment_7703" align="alignright" width="301"]triathlon - book review - troy jacobson - mark klion Troy Jacobson - Triathlon Coach[/caption] Triathlon Anatomy has a great title and authors.  The lure was cast and the hook went in deep and I purchased as soon as I could based on these two items.  Unfortunately I could not wiggle off the line and finished the book more disappointed than happy to have purchased it.  The book has terrific illustrations and great ideas but there is nothing new in the book that is eye-opening.  Knowing Troy Jacobson from the Spinervals DVD set and reading article he has written I was very excited to read some new insight into the sport of triathlon but that was lacking and was the source of my frustration with the book. If you are new to the sport this book is worth it as you can get terrific insight into what certain exercises should be done and why.  The book is terrific with illustrations as well to showcase what muscles are impacted by a certain workout as well as how it affects each specific sport.  I enjoyed reading this section but after a while the phrase (I am para-phrasing):  This is good to help with swim efficiency while building swim-specific strength and endurance.  The other exercises that are pointed out display how they affect the body for the bike and the run and the same type of catch-phrase is repeated in terms of how it benefits the body for that sport.  I found myself on the plane to and from Puerto Rico flipping the pages faster and faster as I was getting bored and at one point fell asleep mid-sentence. Now, let me say that this book is not all bad.  I think it has its place on a triathlete's book shelf but that triathlete is just getting started.  There is a discussion about triathlon distances, transitions, biomechanics of triathlon and training considerations.  One chapter goes over putting together a customized triathlon training plan and then the exercises and how they benefit triathletes.  All of it makes sense and would be a terrific read for somebody just getting started.  For those that have been involved in the sport and are truly practicing the art of triathlon this book is nothing more than a reminder of what to do but not earth-shattering. Once section that I did find to be beneficial for me was the section titled Stretches for Injury Prevention And Treatment since I am a non-stretcher.  I do my dynamic stretches before my training but when I am finished I am finished.  Essentially the only stretching I do is on Friday's at yoga and I have been fortunate enough to not sustain any injuries but I am going to take the stretches in this book and incorporate them into my evening routine.  Right now I am doing 15 minutes of core work at night so adding in 15 minutes of stretching afterwards means that I am getting in a solid 30 minutes of core/stretching to end the day and relax me before going to bed. I wish there was more good that I could say about this book but it just was not there for me.  As a person who lives the triathlon lifestyle on a daily basis this book was nothing more than a reminder of how and what training workouts benefit a triathlete and why.  For a person who is just getting started in triathlon or has done a Sprint or Olympic and is wondering how far they can go in triathlon this book will enlighten them to the workouts and reason why they should incorporate the workouts into their triathlon training plan.  The preface contains the following sentence which I think may be true for some experienced athletes but if the sport of triathlon is your lifestyle and you aren't dabbling in it then I don't think it makes sense to purchase this book:

The information presented in this book allows both novice and experienced athletes to obtain a better understanding of how the musculoskeletal system functions and responds to triathlon-specific exercises and training.

Have You Read Triathlon Anatomy?  Thoughts?

What Triathlon Books Can You Recommend?

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