Hot & Bothered Triathletes: Beat that Heat!

infrared, radiation, thermodynamics

All other forces being equal, nothing slows an athlete down more than the gradual buildup of heat in the body. To avoid overheating (and death!), the body has a variety of ways to dissipate heat during exercise. And here they are.

How Running Is Like Angry Birds

FASTER: science of triathlon, science of running, running forces

Explaining running efficiency to someone without getting lost in horizontal and vertical forces is tough. Then it occurred to me that there’s already an almost universally understood example of how changing the magnitude of our vertical and horizontal force components changes efficiency of movement. It’s everyone’s favorite smartphone game, Angry Birds.

Good art can illustrate complicated concepts.

FASTER science of triathlon weight loss

The illustrations you see in the book will help you visualize some of the more sophisticated topics and clarify what they mean to you as an athlete. Ironically, as simple as those illustrations make things for you, actually creating them was a challenging process that required several iterations.

Ask the Scientist: Am I a hopeless swimmer?

swimming, coach, professional swimmer, image

A reader asks, “I’ve spent 6 years trying to swim faster and I can’t get below 2:00 100s. Am I hopeless?” Jim Gourley replies, “Best. Question. EVER.” See why.

Certainty, or: Why Science Informs But Proves Nothing

FASTER by Jim Gourley

Their importance and prevalence in the book is best highlighted by a phrase that never appears—”scientifically proven.” There is a very good reason for this, and for why you should always be wary any time you see them in a product advertisement. There is no such thing as “scientifically proven.”

Why a book on the science of triathlon?

FASTER by Jim Gourley

FASTER by Jim GourleyThere are plenty of books out there about triathlon training plans, nutrition, skills and mental toughness, but nothing about the science and physics that go into the sport of triathlon. To my knowledge, FASTER is the first book on the physics of triathlon.