Tuesday, August 31, 2010

One-Hour Workouts

50 Swim, Bike, and Run Workouts for Busy Athletes

Note: I purchased this book with my own money.

You get that for which you pay. This book delivers on its promise. None of the workouts are "run for one hour" either. As an active triathlete, I am always looking for workouts to insert into my annual training plan. This book comes with 50 base, tempo, and speed workouts in each discipline. Basically, that gives you five or six workouts you can incorporate into each phase of your training (base, build, peak, etc). In addition, the authors provide advice on almost all the workouts on how to change it up, adapt it to your situation, and create different flavors of the same workout. For those of us that crave variety, this book doesn't have enough workouts to build an entire annual training plan for every distance, but it does have some really good workouts and advice on how to implement them.

I gave this book five stars because it is deserved. What frustrates me, however, is a lack of "advanced workouts" that coaches save for the athletes they are personally training. Even just one or two of those per discipline would have been nice (and that's really the only complaint I could come up with :-). Overall, this book is an excellent value. A few judicious purchases of other books with workouts combined with some internet research, and you'll have everything you need to fill in the workouts for an entire season of triathlon training.

This book is available from VeloPress and other fine retailers.


Renee said...

Very cool! That is exactly what I need for time crunches. Thanks for sharing!

VeloPress said...

Thanks for the review, Wes. We have longer workouts as well. Readers can use the Workouts in a Binder series for several years' worth of swim, bike, and run workouts, most of which are longer than an hour.

teacherwoman said...

THanks for the review!

Lisa said...

sounds interesting.

Julie said...

Hi Wes,
I need that book! Funny about how you want the advanced workouts...I am not surprised:) I on the other hand, would want the middle of the road workouts.

Thanks for the book review Wes!

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

I think Scott will kill me if I buy another book :) Still I am a sucker for wanting to take in all that I can. I NEED CHANGE.

As for my challenge.... that HR is my zone 4 as well. I am a beleiver in this hell-of-a-hard workout. My climbing is changing and my HR can motor for so much longer when we head off for the Epic rides to the Blue Ridge mountains. I am a believer in the results I am seeing.

Now when i start my Ironman training in Novemeber I will not continue this....but that is a bit away for now :)

Jess said...

Interesting. Thanks for the review!

Scott Keeps Running said...

"I purchased the book with my own money."

Reminds me of when I was about 8 years old and my dad gave me his old wallet and I carried a nickel around in it for weeks. Then he took me to the store and I bought a piece of gum "with my own money."

Glad to see you're all growed up too. :)