The most common question I get from folks wanting to increase their knowledge is, “What triathlon coaching books should I read?”
While it’s certainly hard to whittle down the list, these were the first handful of books & scientific papers to come to mind. As they say, always go with your initial instincts!
Caveat…I have an entire bookshelf of coaching books plus many I haven’t read yet, but these are the books & articles I would START with. They will help the aspiring triathlon coach or self-coached athlete form a solid foundation upon which they can begin filling in with no end of online-self-coaching articles.
There may be some notable absences from this list…it’s not necessarily intentional, but if you would like to add a book to the list, please leave a comment!
The Triathletes Guide to Training with Power, Phil Skiba, MD
Intervals, Thresholds, and Long Slow Distance: the Role of Intensity and Duration in Endurance Training, 2009. Free Download
Endurance exercise performance: the physiology of champions, Michael Joyner & Edward Coyle, 2008, Free Download
So for about $100 you can have 7 excellent coaching & self-coaching references that cover essentials of endurance physiology, high intensity training, run training, bike training, swim training & fitness from some of the most notable and knowledable authors.
One of the fantastic aspects of triathlon is that all of these authors are alive & well and accessible by email, webinar or by corning them at a conference on endurance sports.
What are some of your favorites?
I found the Workouts in a Binder books to be very helpful when I was a new coach. Run Workouts For Runners and Triathletes by Bobby McGee is one of my favorites.
When I started coaching, I had a good knowledge of training principles, race strategies, how to execute training sessions provided by others, and USAT rules, but found myself wasting a lot of time trying to write individual sessions from scratch. Utilizing the Workouts in a Binder books saved me a lot of time lost trying to reinvent the wheel.