Going Long, 2nd Ed.

Training for Triathlon's Ultimate Challenge


Going Long is the most comprehensive guide to racing Ironman® distance triathlons ever written.

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Internationally recognized triathlon coach and best-selling author Joe Friel teams up with ultra-endurance guru Gordon Byrn in Going Long, the most comprehensive guide to racing long-course and Ironman®-distance triathlons. Combining science with personal experience, Friel and Byrn prepare anyone, from the working age-grouper to the podium contender, for success in triathlon’s ultimate endurance event.

Whether you are preparing for your first long-course triathlon or your fastest, Going Long will make every hour of training count.

  • 40 sport-specific drills to improve technique and efficiency
  • Updates to mental training
  • Key training sessions, workout examples, and strength-building exercises
  • A simple approach to balancing training, work, and family obligations
  • A new chapter on active recovery, injury prevention and treatment

Going Long is the best-selling book on Ironman training. Friel and Byrn guide the novice, intermediate, and elite triathlete, making it the most comprehensive and nuanced plan for Ironman training ever written. Going Long is the best resource to break through an Ironman performance plateau to find season after season of long-course race improvements.

Paperback. 2-color interior with charts, tables, and illustrations throughout.
7 3/8″ x 9 1/4″, 320 pp., $21.95, 9781934030066

Going Long, 2nd Ed.: Training for Triathlon's Ultimate Challenge

Shipping Dimensions: 7.45in x 9.13in x 0.98in pp $21.95, Inventory 9781934030066, Shipping 1.70lbs

Foreword by Scott Molina
Foreword by Ryan Bolton

Part I: Getting Started
Chapter 1 The Iron Journey
Chapter 2 Approaches to Training
Chapter 3 Understanding Fitness
Chapter 4 Equipment

Part II: Ironman Training
Chapter 5 Training Overview
Chapter 6 Training for the Swim
Chapter 7 Training for the Bike
Chapter 8 Training for the Run

Part III: Beyond the Basics
Chapter 9 Strength Training
Chapter 10 Nutrition: The Fourth Discipline
Chapter 11 Training the Mind
Chapter 12 Case Studies

Part IV: Finishing Strong
Chapter 13 Recovery and Wellness
Chapter 14 Peaking for Your Ironman
Chapter 15 Racing Long

Appendix A: Defining Your Training Zones by Sport
Appendix B: Testing and Warm-up Protocols
Appendix C: Swimming Glossary
Appendix D: Brick Workouts

References and Recommended Reading
About the Authors

Preview book.

“An in-depth guide to succeeding at Iron-distance triathlon. Ideal for anyone looking to life his or her game to the next level.” — Triathlete magazine

Going Long is a valuable read for any triathlete, not just those aiming for an Ironman®. This is a great resource for a large audience.” — Triathlon Magazine Canada

Going Long targets triathletes of varying ability and Ironman® aspirations. If you have one shot at the Ironman and training time is at a premium, then 22 pages on strength training may not be for you. However, the 21 pages on nutrition could determine your Ironman destiny.” — IMPACT magazine

“Gordo and Joe have a unique way of helping the long-distance athlete to recognize what’s important in fitting these events into one’s life…In our age of information overload they give the self-coached athletes all the tools they need to succeed.” — Scott Molina, coach and former professional triathlete

“25 years of active multisport coaching has proven that Joe Friel has an unprecedented understanding of endurance sports. As a multiple triathlon world champion, I would consider Joe as one of the leading figures in triathlon coaching today. Joe’s professional approach and practical understanding of sports physiology has helped many endurance athletes of all abilities reach their full athletic potential.” — Simon Lessing, 5-time Triathlon World Champion

“Whether you’re a beginning triathlete or a seasoned pro, Joe Friel is the leading authority on triathlon training.” — Ryan Bolton, member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team

“In Going Long, Gordo Byrn and Joe Friel have combined their talents to provide a meaningful training resource for Ironman-distance racing.” — George M. Dallam, Ph.D., former USA Triathlon National Teams Coach, co-author of Championship Triathlon Training

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