As a professor of preventative medicine and a regular triathlon participant, the author of Triathloning for Ordinary Mortals, Steven Jonas, is in the best position to offer advice on this enthralling subject. As Jonas says, "This book is for you if you are an average recreational endurance athlete", who is looking to expand their "recreational" activity to something greater. Jonas is also the author of The Essential Triathlete, so approaches the subject from a position of ample experience.
The book covers the triathlon from its origins, through to recommended training schemes, diet and equipment. The training programs suggested are well balanced and thought out,and aimed towards achieving realistic results, regardless of your athletic ability. The diet and nutrition sections provide useful charts to help you monitor your food consumption. The final sections of the book are geared towards actual races--how to prepare yourself and what techniques to use to maximise your performance.
Jonas draws from a great number of reference sources to bring weight to what he says in Triathloning for Ordinary Mortals, and to great effect. The book is effectively written and factually sound in its advice. However, the book is written for a US audience and this is prevalent throughout, though having said that, this doesn't detract from the solid fact base from which this book was spawned. In a market that doesn't cater heavily for the sport, Triathloning for Ordinary Mortals is a great handbook for anyone participating in or starting the sport, as well as anyone interested in improving their physical fitness. --Chris Hall