Fast-Track Triathlete

Balancing a Big Life with Big Performance in Long-Course Triathlon

By Matt Dixon


Matt Dixon offers his plan of attack for high performance in long-course triathlon—without sacrificing work or life.


In Fast-Track Triathlete, elite triathlon coach Matt Dixon offers his plan of attack for high performance in long-course triathlon—without sacrificing work or life. Developed for busy professionals with demanding schedules, the Fast-Track Triathlete program makes your PR possible in Ironman®, Ironman 70.3®, Rev3, and Challenge triathlon in about 10 hours a week.

Training for long-course triathlons once demanded 15-20 hours each week—on top of work, family, travel and other time commitments. For many, preparing for long-distance triathlon is more challenging than the race itself.

Now Fast-Track Triathlete opens the door to your best performance in full- and half-distance triathlons in half the traditional training time. Dixon’s laser-focused, effective approach to workouts, recovery, strength and mobility, and nutrition means you can prepare for triathlon’s greatest challenges in just 7-10 hours per week for half-distance and 10-12 hours per week for full-distance.

Fast-Track Triathlete includes

  • Dixon’s complete guide to creating a successful sport and life performance recipe
  • How to plan out your triathlon training
  • Scaling workouts for time and fatigue
  • Training and racing during travel
  • Executing your swim-bike-run and transitions plan on race day
  • 10-week off-season training program with key workouts
  • 14-week pre-season training program with key workouts
  • 14-week comprehensive race-prep full and half training plans with fully integrated strength and conditioning

Dixon’s first book, The Well-Built Triathlete, revealed the same four-tiered approach he uses with success in his Purplepatch Fitness coaching platform. Fast-Track Triathlete turbocharges Dixon’s well-built program so even the busiest athletes can achieve their long-distance triathlon dreams without sacrificing so much to achieve them.

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Fast-Track Triathlete: Balancing a Big Life with Big Performance in Long-Course Triathlon
Matt Dixon
Paperback with 2-color interior. 85 tables and figures throughout.
7″ x 9″, 376 pp.,  $24.95, 9781937715748

Fast-Track Triathlete: Balancing a Big Life with Big Performance in Long-Course Triathlon

Matt Dixon

Paperback 2-color interior with 85 tables and figures throughout.

Shipping Dimensions: 7in x 9in x .875in 376pp $24.95, Inventory 9781937715748, Shipping 1.625lbs



1 Mindset

2 Setting the Lens

3 Planning Your Training

4 Executing Your Training

5 Developing Habits to Support Performance

6 Travel Protocols for Training and Racing

7 Executing Your Race Strategy

8 The Aftermath


Functional Strength Training

The Fast-Track Training Progression

Ironman-Distance Race-Prep Program

Ironman 70.3-Distance Race-Prep Program

Workout Glossary



About the Author

Preview book.

“While I am a professional triathlete, I also juggle the enjoyable yet challenging commitments of family and being CEO of Picky Bars. If I simply chased a traditional program, without consideration of my life stressors, I would be sure to find myself on a journey to failure. The dynamic mindset has helped me navigate continued evolution at the world-class level, while also growing Picky Bars and being an active participant in my family.” — Jesse Thomas, professional triathlete and CEO, Picky Bars

“When, Matt Dixon of Purplepatch Fitness, a coach to athletic immortals, pens a book germane to everyday people trying to keep fit, it pays to listen since improved athletic performance has such a profound effect on one’s work, sense of well-being and attitude to all aspects of life. The world’s best coach of professional and amateur triathletes has distilled decades of experience in his new book Fast-Track Triathlete. It’s an intelligent explanation of how fitness can transform life and work for everyone.” — Michael Moritz, Partner, Sequoia Capital

“Each time I have tried endurance sports I have found myself quickly succumbing to a cycle of injury, while it also being a drag on my ability to fit it all in with all my other business and life commitments. The Purple Patch approach has been refreshing, and not only has allowed me to thrive in sport, but also helped my energy and mindset for life’s activities.” — Mark Pincus, Founder and Executive Chairman, Zynga

“I started the multipart journey with some goals, but also questioning how I could fit it into my busy life. Fast forward, my lens has shifted to realize that integrated the sport and positive habits is an asset to my performance in work and life, hence has become a non-negotiable tool in helping my global performance.” — Carmel Galvin, Chief Human Resources Officer, Glassdoor

“Most training philosophies simply take what the best of the best do and water it down for each level. Matt’s book flips the script and looks at how to get the best performance, while not sacrificing work and life. Matt does a great job of whittling down the fat and looking at what matters the most, where do we get the most bang for our buck.” — Peak Performance

“One of the things that has struck me most about Matt Dixon and his coaching philosophy is his emphasis on quality over quantity. Many coaches load on volume and training hours, whereas Matt is able to create superior performances from his athletes on few hours of training. This translates into better overall quality of sessions, more time to recover, and more time for healthier life balance. His philosophy is one that I admire greatly.”—Sarah Piampiano, professional triathlete

“Matt Dixon taught me to not view my training in isolation but rather implement a holistic focus where my program was planned in the context of maintaining a healthy body, happy family, and fulfilling life. Not only have my performances drastically improved, but also my entire triathlon experience has become far more enjoyable.”—Tim Reed, professional triathlete

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