BOOKThe Women’s Guide to Triathlon is the definitive companion for female triathletes. Authored by the national governing body of the sport, USA Triathlon, this landmark resource features expert instruction and personal insights from 20 of the world’s top female coaches and athletes:
Stacy T. Sims
With the latest research, proven techniques, and expert advice, this authoritative guide addresses the unique demands of today’s female triathletes. You’ll find the most effective strategies for training and competing through all of life’s stages; avoiding and overcoming common injuries; and balancing the constant demands of the sport, family, and work.
For women, by women, The Women’s Guide to Triathlon is the one guide that every female triathlete should own.
TABLE OF CONTENTSIntroduction
Chapter 1 Gearing Up
Chapter 2 Tri-Specific Strength Training and Performance Testing
Chapter 3 Fueling the Female Triathlete
Stacy T. Sims
Chapter 4 Mental Training for the Inner Athlete
Chapter 5 Alternative Exercises for Triathletes
Chapter 6 Streamlining Your Swim
Chapter 7 Biking Strong
Chapter 8 Running Smart
Chapter 9 Progressing From Sprint to Half Ironman
Chapter 10 The Traveling Triathlete
Chapter 11 Race-Day Strategy
Chapter 12 Injury Prevention and Recovery
Chapter 13 Coaching Options for Triathletes
Chapter 14 Training Through Life Stages
Chapter 15 Integrating Triathlon Into Your Busy Life
Rebeccah Wassner and Laurel Wassner
Chapter 16 Starting Children in Triathlon
Chapter 17 Succeeding in Off-Road Triathlons
Chapter 18 Careers in Triathlon
Celeste Callahan and Brenda Barrera
About USA Triathlon
About the Project Coordinator
About the Contributors
ABOUT THE EDITOR
USA Triathlon is the national governing body of triathlon and other multisport disciplines in the United States. The organization is the sanctioning authority for more than 4,300 diverse events ranging from grassroots to national championship races across the country. The organization works to create interest and participation through a variety of programs, including camps, clinics, races, and educational opportunities. USA Triathlon’s nearly 500,000 members are athletes of all ages, coaches, race directors, officials, parents, and multisport enthusiasts, all of whom contribute to the success of the sport in the United States.
USA Triathlon is responsible for the identification, selection, and training of elite triathletes who represent the United States in international competition, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games, and the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
USA Triathlon also fosters grassroots expansion of the sport, which is facilitated by the sanctioning of age-group events and triathlon clubs around the country. In addition to local races in all 50 states, USA Triathlon hosts national and regional championships for triathletes ages 7 to 80-plus.
USA Triathlon strives to expand and inspire the triathlon community while providing the resources required for all involved to reach their potential.
Tara S. Comer is the chair of the USAT Women's Committee, which leads national efforts to support and create opportunities for women in triathlon while increasing their influence in the sport across the country.
A triathlete for more than 15 years, Comer became a USAT-certified coach in 2008. She cofounded the Triathlon Club of New England in 2010, serving as its president and coach for three years. Since its creation, the club has grown to more than 200 members. Comer is also a 500-hour certified yoga instructor and combines her practice with her coaching to create innovative training programs that use the mind–body connection to improve performance, mental strength, and achievement in triathlon.
In addition to being a leader in the multisport community, Tara is the creator of WomenRYSE, an innovative program that helps women take ownership of their health and fitness for life. Through this program, Tara has begun to create powerful social change and build a sustainable, supportive women’s health community.