Triathlon: Half-Distance Training will guide any triathlete who wished to finish his or her first half-distance triathlon from the beginning of the preparation until race day.
The half-distance triathlon consists of a 1.2-mile swim, 56 miles of cycling and a 13.1-mile run. It is anything but an easy option, but it represents a fascinating challenge for any well-trained endurance athlete. Considered a Long Course it covers more miles than the Olympic distance and provides the perfect stepping stone to the ITU Long Distance races and even the Ultra Distance Ironman triathlon.
Triathlon: Half-Distance Training offers a great amount of detailed training plans. There are in-depth examples of core and peripheral training and heart-rate dependent pace levels T1-T8, which help to illustrate the year-round training recommendations.
It also features advice on swimming, cycling, and running training, cross training, equipment, strengthening and stretching, typical training errors, recovery, self-motivating performance testing and motivation tips, as well as anecdotes and emotional stories from competitions. With this guide, anyone can finish their first half-distance triathlon.
About the Authors
Henry Ash is a triathlete who has actively contributed to the development of the non-stop ultra-endurance triathlon over the past 25 years. During this time, he has written 19 sports books that have been published worldwide. He is a coach, training companion and motivator for a great many triathletes. He has completed more than 250 triathlons around the world, including the Ironman® World Championship (3 times) and 37 other Ironman® distance competitions.
Marlies Penker has been an enthusiastic triathlete since 1999. Her long distance personal record is 9:18.49 hours. She has successfully completed all distances from Olympic short distances to Ironman® distance. In addition, she also holds the Carinthian (Austria) Regional Marathon record at 2:45.08 hours.