You Call That Typical?

Why I Wrote My Book

If you are considering to attempt an Ironman triathlon then of course one of the first things you’ll probably do is Google “triathlon training” or search the shelves of your favorite bookstore.  But if you are like the tens of thousands of other Average Joe’s out there who’s main goal is simply to finish the race, then you are going to be quite disappointed with what you find.

The problem is that we Average Joe’s comprise about 90% of the participants yet all the books and training literature available out there are geared towards the 10% minority who are trying to either win the thing, or place in their age-group.  I see a big disconnect there.  And this is where my book comes in.  I don’t want you to get discouraged and abandon your Ironman dream because all you see are training plans that call for 30 hours of training per week.

You can balance it all!

I’m here to tell you that it can be done.  You can become an Ironman while balancing a full-time job, spending quality time with the family you love, and even while taking grad school classes at night!  That’s exactly what I did – and I wrote The Distance to show how you can do it too!

When I saw this article online I could not help but laugh, They call this a “typical” training week for “real, age-group” triathlete?!  This guy is about one step away from going pro!  First of all, it says he “was the first American amateur in only his third Ironman-distance race.” That right there should tell any Average Joe reading this article that it ain’t meant for them.  Then it casually slips in the fact that his coach is Joe Friel (yes, he even has a coach).  And not just any coach.  Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Joe Friel:  he’s “an endurance sports coach best known as an elite triathlon and cycling coach, has written ten books on training for endurance athletes. He holds a masters degree in exercise science, is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified elite-level coach, and is a founder and past Chairman of the USA Triathlon National Coaching Commission.”  Wow!  I can’t think of very many of us Average Joe’s who get Mr. Friel to be their personal coach.  But it gets even more daunting!  The weekly training plan laid out in the article calls for 6 hours of training, with a nap in the middle, on a MONDAY! Clearly, this is a training plan for someone without a job and with enough money to hire an elite personal coach – not for the “typical, age-group athlete”.

So many people have told me they want to do an Ironman but aren’t sure if they could.  The Distance will show you how.  You can become an Ironman while balancing family and work