Training Resources

You have decided to dip your toe into training, whether it is running, walking, biking, swimming, or even a triathlon.  Maybe you are further along in training and are aiming for an Ironman.  No matter what level you aim for, there are resources out there to help in your training.

You may be a reader and enjoy reviewing a book to determine how to train.  Maybe you enjoy going on-line or meeting in-person with a coach.  Whichever  direction, you prefer, there are many resources out there.  The tough part is sorting through to determine what direction works best for you, your lifestyle, and your training plans.  I’m happy to share some that are out there that may be a good resource for you.

On-line Resources


  • Strength training for triathletes: The complete program to build triathlon power, speed, and muscular endurance by Patrick S. Hagerman
  •  IronFit triathlon training for women: Training programs and secrets for success in all triathlon distances  by Melanie Fink
  • The triathlete’s training bible: The world’s most comprehensive training guide by Joe Friel
Just maybe, swimming isn’t your strength or you never learned how to swim.  Reading a book or watching youtube videos may work for some but for others, they need the one-on-one swimming instructor right next to them in the pool.  Check out your local YMCA, high school, or even college that offers a pool.  They often offer swim lessons as an individual or for a small group.  For example, the Minnesota YMCA offers a swim basic and swim stroke options for those over the age of 18.
For others, the books and on-line resources are not enough and they need a coach for all parts (running, biking, swimming, strength, nutrition).  USA Triathlon is a great resource to search for a coach in your geographic region and learn more about their specialty areas.

What types of resources would you recommend to add to this list?

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