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9/18/12 9:20 A

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Strength training is very important, especially in the long "preparation" period which is appropriate to begin over the fall/winter. The very best training book is "The Triathlete's Training Bible" by Joe Friel. It gets pretty advanced, but will help you understand the basics as well, and has specific information for novices. The book will also refer you to the author's website (http://home.trainingpeaks.com/) which has information and is also a portal for virtual coaching.
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9/18/12 8:48 A

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I've recently started training for a (as yet hypothetical) triathlon. The trouble is I've been trying to do some research, and am getting contrary information. I've had 2 personal trainers (who admittedly have never completed a triathlon) tell me that I need to maintain a programme of strength training at least 3 times a week. But I also have a training guide from an experienced triathlete that recommends avoiding strength training as it takes time away from sport-specific training. I personally feel that I should be doing some resistance training, but due to my lack of experience in the sport I really don't know who's advice I should be following for the best results. What experiences have others had in incorporating (or avoiding) strength training in their triathlon preparation?

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