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Practical, proven ways to get in shape for a grueling race that combines running, swimming, and biking

Packed with insider tips, hands-on advice, and proven methods, Triathlon Training For Dummies is an essential guide for anyone who wants to participate and compete in a triathlon. This authoritative guide outlines effective training programs based on the reader's level of fitness and expected time to the finish line. It helps competitors get into the best shape possible by providing practical steps and regimens, ways to eat better for more energy, training programs that accommodate every fitness level, and motivation to train for and finish a race. It also covers gear, equipment, and apparel as well as strategies to help prevent injuries and navigate the logistics when participating in an out-of-state or overseas race.

Deirdre Pitney (Bound Brook, NJ) is a freelance writer specializing in women's issues, fitness, and wellness. She is currently training for a triathlon with veteran triathlon competitor and coauthor Donna Mallery (Hillsborough, NJ). Mallery has completed half and full Ironman triathlons and has served as a wellness director and personal trainer for clients, tri-clubs, and first-time athletes.

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