I feel like I've got a solid fitness base to work from, so now it's a matter of learning how to take it to the next level (especially if I'm going to aim for a half-Ironman by 2010).
So what's new on my reference shelves? These three paperbacks:
- Joe Friel's Triathlon Training Bible (2nd Edition) which picks up where his Your First Triathon book leaves off. It's packed full of great advice on setting training schedules, planning for the race and dealing with the mental aspects of triathlons.
- Gale Bernhardt's Training Plans for Multisport Athletes: Your Essential Guide to Triathlon, Duathlon, XTERRA, Ironman, and Endurance Racing which has a variety of plans to fit all kinds of time frames for all kinds of races. Will come in handy when I finally pick the date of my 70.3 race and have to fit a training schedule to match the time left before the race. Given how well I responded to Friel's first tri training schedule, I know Bernhardt's book is going to be great.
- Todd Down's The Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance and Repair: For Road and Mountain Bikes (5th Edition) which will help me keep my bikes in shape whether it's the one I'm racing in the tri or the one I use to commute to work.