As the sport of triathlon is constantly evolving, the top athletes and coaches are regularly sharpening their skills to be successful. While most assume these are developed through endless hours of training on the road, in the pool and at the gym, a seasoned athlete understands the important of improving their mental skills through continual reading and education.
Now maybe you don’t need to review the latest scientific study on the "Effects of Micronutrients in the Hamstrings During High-Altitude Endurance Training'…and yes, I did just make that up. But instead of binging the latest Netflix documentary about serial killers, why not pick up a book and discover new ways to train smarter, fuel better and find inspiration to push you beyond your goals. We’ve even made it easy for you and compiled a list of our favorites:
Founder of Purple Patch Fitness, coach Matt Dixon provides a comprehensive approach to all aspects of triathlon training, including functional strength training, recovery, nutrition and self-awareness. This wholistic approach encourages triathletes to look beyond the daily and weekly workout regiments and focus on the process, not simply the outcome.
Dave Scott and Mark Allen are two of the most prolific names, and rivals, in Ironman history. But do you know why? Author Matt Fitzgerald transports readers 30 years in the past to what has been dubbed as a greatest race ever in endurance sports. This is a must read for anyone looking to conquer their first Ironman.
A former ITU World Champion, Ironman World Champion coach, motivational speaker and most recently a cancer survivor, Siri Lindley is an inspiration to the entire triathlon community. This book sheds light into Lindley’s personal challenges growing up, how she rewrote her life and rose to the top of the triathlon world.
This New York Times bestseller shows Ironman and CrossFit athletes what it takes to be just as healthy on the inside as they are on the outside. As a nutritionist, health expert and personal trainer, Ben Greenfield gives readers the tactics needed to overcome health-related training struggles while still being able to perform at the highest levels of sport.
Notable Runner Ups:
A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey (Chrissy Wellington)
Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy The Odds (David Goggins)
Thrive: The Plant-Based Whole Foods Way To Staying Healthy For Life (Brendan Brazier)