best book for doing a HIM

My aim is to do a HIM in June 2014, I've done a few marathons so I'm fairly fit, I've just bought a bike and I'm going to have swimming lessons. I've had a look on Amazon and there are loads of triathlon books. Which one would be most useful for me? Thank

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24/06/2013 at 16:01

I'm sure most books are interesting and a good read, but I can't afford to buy them all so which would be my best buy?

cougie    pirate
24/06/2013 at 16:23
Get Andy Holgates one ? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cant-Swim-Ride-Run-Triathlon/dp/1848187432/ref=la_B0046B5JCS_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372087374&sr=1-1

Swim a bit, Bike a bit more, Run a bit - that's all you need to do ? Training books are dull.
Mr StOat    pirate
24/06/2013 at 17:31

Theere's the championship thread. June 2014 is a long way off. You're a marathon runner, why stop at a half?

www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/triathlon/psof-championships-2014---ironman-france-/251085.html

24/06/2013 at 18:57

I agree, Andy Holgate's book is very good, I bought a couple of training books but have only ever flicked through them to get an idea of a training plan.

Razor51    pirate
24/06/2013 at 21:12

Don Fink "Be Iron Fit" or Joe Friel "The Triathletes Bible" both give lots of good advice.

24/06/2013 at 21:53

+1 Razor, both good books and for different reasons.

Doner Kebab    pirate
24/06/2013 at 22:06

you cant afford a few books and you want to take up triathlon, good luck on that one  ;)

Razor51    pirate
25/06/2013 at 07:58

25/06/2013 at 09:16

Thanks a lot for the feedback - I'll get those ordered. Then of course I'll be popping on here to ask for advice.

DK - you have a point! What I meant to say was I don't want to "waste" money buying duplicate books. I'm trying to do a HIM on a budget - 2ndhand wetsuit, my dad bought me a 2ndhand bike and I'm doing the race in my adopted hometown (in Italy) so I'll have no hotel/travel/restaurant costs. 

cougie    pirate
25/06/2013 at 09:23
Wetsuit fit is very important. It needs to fit your shape very well. If it doesn't - then you'll have a harder time on the swim. I'd not bother with the training book then - theres plenty of info on the internet and even on the forum.
25/06/2013 at 09:38

Cougie - thanks, I haven't bought a wetsuit yet, I'll go for a new one then. Which ones do you personally rate? So far I've only bought cycling helmet & gloves - next purchase trisuit.

25/06/2013 at 09:51

There's lots of good wetsuits around. Lots of websites have deals on and there is always the ex hire option. Perhaps hire one see how you get on with it. Tri suits, either scour eBay or go for something like More Mile. Just remember you'll be in your kit for a fair old time. 

cougie    pirate
25/06/2013 at 09:55
I went to a shop that had about 4 different makes and let the guy there guide me - different body shapes suit different makes. I got a cheapy Orca and its lasted me years. The more expensive suits are best for the better swimmers.
25/06/2013 at 10:04

I know the HIM events take a while but you probably won' t have time to read

25/06/2013 at 10:47

Mrs D -I will be in the kit for an awful long time! 

Cougie - I don't want a flash wetsuit if it gives the impression that I'm a good swimmer! My aim is to enjoy and finish within the time limit.

26/06/2013 at 08:05

Hi there, good luck.  I am not an expert in any way..but in terms of wetsuit I went to TriUK in Yeovil.  It's not too far from me and I found them excellent.  They had a good choice and recommended one.  They helped me try it on (harder than it sounds!) and they have a pool so you can see what it feels like in the water.  They also offer rentals and you can buy ex rentals cheaper.

Hope this helps and you have a great time.

26/06/2013 at 11:12

Brooko - Thanks for the info. That shop sounds excellent. I have horrible images of me trying to get into one and getting stuck! I'm not exactly skinny!  I live in Italy and when I visit relatives in the UK I'm in the Yorkshire area so unfortunately it's too far but thanks for the encouragement.

22/07/2013 at 15:26

Cougie/JPGoodboy/Razor/SteadyCJ - thanks a lot for your advice. I've bought the Andy Holgates book & the Don Fink one. I thought the AH book was excellent - very inspiring indeed and I'll start reading the other this evening. Ta very much.


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