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Book Review

Book of the Month July – Never, Ever Give Up?: A memoir

Being a junior triathlete in NZ in the 90’s I grew up racing against and being inspired by the likes of John Hellemans. I attended training camps that he ran, and this book gives a great insight into his life and challenges during that time as well as before and after.

Book of the Month June – Open Water Swimming

This is the go to bible for anyone who swims open water whether triathlete or ocean/lake swimming events. So good is this book that I’ve got two copies on my bookshelf.

Book of the Month May – The Triathlete’s Training Bible

This book is a staple on my bookshelf and I’ve owned all editions buying my first one back in the day whilst I was at University. It is full of plenty of theory and methodology about how to periodise training plans and gives real time examples of programmes and how to structure them for individuals.

Book of the Month April – Training & Racing With A Power Meter

Allen, Hunter; Coggan, Andrew; McGregor, Stephen (2019) Training and Racing With A Power Meter – 3rd Edition VeloPress

This book is the latest edition of the very popular book that set the standard for information for how to Train and Race with a Power Meter. Stephen McGregor, joins the authorship team and this book is released later this month on the 17th. I’ve owned both previous editions and I’ll be getting this edition too.

Book of the Month March – The Runner’s Edge

Millions of runners use Speed & Distance devices, and serious participants know that the technology can provide an edge over the competition. The Runner’s Edge unlocks the mystery and potential of these devices. Speed & Distance device pioneer, Stephen McGregor, teams up with Runner’s World/Triathlete writer Matt Fitzgerald to instruct athletes to use digital running technology to reach new levels and personal best times. Includes sample training plans for 5K, 10K, half-marathon and marathon runners.

Book of the Month February – Triathlon 2.0

Vance, Jim (2016) Triathlon 2.0 – Data-Driven Performance Training  Human Kinetics Triathlon 2.0 is gold mine for any tech or data geek who wants to understand the data you generate whilst training and racing.

Book of the Month January – Swim Smooth

Newsome, Paul & Young, Adam (2012) Swim Smooth: The Complete Coaching System for Swimmers and Triathletes 2nd Edition  Wiley Nautical Transform your technique and become a better swimmer with this remarkable new approach to freestyle swimming. Written for both fitness…

Book of the Month December – Daniels’ Running Formula

Daniels, Jack (2013) Daniels’ Running Formula 3rd Edition Human Kinetics Get in the best shape of your running career with the help of Daniels’ Running Formula, the book that Runner’s World magazine calls the best training book. Premier running coach Jack…

Is this the Best Running Book Ever?

OK, so this didn’t make my Top 10 list I did a few months ago (Coach Ray’s Top 10 Coaching Books), but I really don’t know why I left it off the list…..maybe it was because I had just finished…

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Coach Ray’s Top 10 Coaching Books

As part of my coaching I have a number of go to coaching books that assist me with planning and preparing training programmes for the athletes I work with. This is my Top 10 list of coaching books. 1. Fitzgerald,…

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