Fast-Track Triathlete – Balancing a Big Life with Big Performance in Long-Course Triathlon by Matt Dixon
If you’re like me, you run a business, have a family and try to get everything in with limited time. Matt Dixon, prominent former pro-triathlete and owner of Purple Patch Fitness, has a new book, Fast-Track Triathlete, that addresses this and more!.
It used to take up to 20 hours a week to PR a long course triathlon, but according to Dixon, you can do it in 7-10 hours for a half and 10-12 for a full course.
In the book, which was provided to me by VeloPress, Dixon discusses the importance of good nutrition and hydration and helps the athlete plan a race strategy that works.
He has a whole chapter on travel. For me, he touched upon something that I end up doing almost every month, travel from one city to another. He addresses the time differences and what to do about that and he also discusses going from one climate to another and how to adjust.
As in his first book, The Well-Built Triathlete, Dixon has a full chapter on strength training, as he finds this imperative for any endurance athlete. The exercises in this book are quite different than his first book. Here, he focuses on core and leg strengthening.
At the end of the book, he provides a 10 week pre-season training program. Following that, he incorporates a plan for two different training programs – one for long distance and the other for half distance triathlon. Both have detailed programs with specific instructions on what to do on the swim, bike and run. He also incorporates strength training into the mix. Each program lasts for 14 weeks or 3.5 months prior to the event. In many cases, he has a training in the morning and one in the evening after work.
Matt Dixon is an amazing athlete and an amazing coach. He has worked with some of the best athletes in the world. At the conclusion of the book, he offers a three free months of Purple Patch Education Program to anyone who purchases the book. This includes access to his library of videos and educational materials, a weekly bulletin and access to webinars.
To purchase his book, go to VeloPress.com. The book retails for $24.95.