Four New Books to Jump Start the New Year

Now that the holiday rush is over and it is the start of a new year, we wish you all the best from the Gear West Bike and Triathlon staff. Let this be the time to reflect, set new goals, and prepare to have a successful and prosperous year in all of your pursuits. As triathlon, cycling, and running event registrations begin to open, allow us to help you move towards and achieve your multisport goals. Whether you want to break into triathlon or road cycling this year, reach a new personal record, or just enjoy Minnesota’s vast variety of trails, come see what we have to offer and recommend.

Appropriately timed to address all of those new year’s resolutions, we recently received a shipment of newly published books from Velo Press. Below, I have highlighted some of our new arrivals which may align perfectly with your goals.

  1. Balancing your busy life with your triathlon ambitionsThe Time Crunched Triathlete, written by Chris Carmichael and Jim Rutberg, addresses an issue we all deal with, balancing life with training. This book delivers a new approach that shows how to build fitness in all three sports, develop the speed and endurance needed to be competitive, and reach a new level of fitness in only eight hours per week. This book comes complete with training plans, nutritional guidelines, and case studies, making it a must read for busy professionals, parents, or time crunched triathletes!
  2. Learning to run without pain Natural Running is not just another book addressing the growing topic of barefoot running for better health. Danny Abshire and Brian Metzler, longtime running form and injury experts, co-authored this book to help teach natural running technique, think about injuries as symptoms of poor running form, and arm you with an 8 week transition plan of strength and form drills to bring your running to an entirely new injury free level. This book doesn’t blindly promote barefoot running, but rather breaks down the evolution of running techniques that have been distorted by modern running shoes. This book is worth reading if you need your feet, knees, and legs to feel better in 2011 to maintain health!
  3. Maintain a healthy weight to maximize multisport performance – Matt Fitzgerald, the author of Racing Weight, has written a quick-start guide that is a great companion to this best-selling book. It provides high intensity workouts and strength training along with meal recommendations, menus, and sport specific plans that will help you reach and maintain your goal weight for racing this year. Low and high volume plans will also guide you through each part of the season whether you’re a cyclist, triathlete or runner. Don’t take a guess this year and impede top performances, use this as a guide to slim down and build the right ratio of lean muscle mass for this year’s triathlon season.
  4. Race at an entirely new level – If you have been racing for multiple years, you may be looking for new training techniques that will spice up this season. Your Best Triathlon is aimed at veteran triathletes in pursuit of that breakout performance. This book will deliver training plans for all distances, arming each reader with a kit of proven workouts, isolating and developing each of the three disciplines of triathlon. If you’re a time crunched athlete, don’t worry. Each plan comes with tips on how to modify and manage training while improving performance.

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