Athlete to Triathlete: The Ultimate Triathlon Training Plan for Sprint and Olympic Races (Paperback)

Athlete to Triathlete: The Ultimate Triathlon Training Plan for Sprint and Olympic Races By Marni Sumbal, MS, RD, CSSD Cover Image

Athlete to Triathlete: The Ultimate Triathlon Training Plan for Sprint and Olympic Races (Paperback)


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Go the distance—a triathlon training guide for athletes

Maybe you love to run, swam competitively in high school, or enjoy riding your bike. Perhaps you're looking for a fun, new athletic challenge? Whatever the case is, you're in the right place. Athlete to Triathlete delivers the ultimate triathlon training plan for Sprint and Olympic races to help you gain the fitness and confidence to complete your first race—and enjoy doing it.

Transition from a single to a multisport athlete with advice on everything from injury prevention and mental fitness to pro tips for mastering each sport. The up-to-date information and expert guidance make your training journey and race day experience safe, fun, and memorable.

This triathlon training book includes:
  • Triathlon 101—All the triathlon-specific information you need to know, including helpful features like gear checklists, transition tips, and race day rules.
  • Training beyond the basics—The chapters provide simple-to-understand details on training fundamentals, stretching exercises, and advice tailored to runners, cyclists, and swimmers.
  • 12-week training plans—Follow a detailed, day-by-day training plan for either a Sprint or Olympic distance race.

When you're ready to race in your first triathlon, grab a copy of Athlete to Triathlete and complete the race with confidence.
MARNI SUMBAL, MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N, holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology and is a board-certified sport dietitian. Her books include Essential Sports Nutrition and The 365-day Running Journal. She helps athletes prepare through Trimarni Coaching and Nutrition. Marni has completed 16 Ironman-distance triathlons (including the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii).
Product Details ISBN: 9781641525527
ISBN-10: 1641525525
Publisher: Rockridge Press
Publication Date: January 28th, 2020
Pages: 210
Language: English
"Marni is a wonderful coach, author, and athlete. Her ability to integrate science, wisdom, and experience into each individual training plan is rare in the coaching industry. Her passion for performance shines bright with her athletes, camps, and publications."—Stephen A. Black, DSc, M.Ed, ATC/L, PT, CSCS, IDNC, and Sports Medicine Specialist

"Athlete to Triathlete is a fabulous resource for athletes venturing into the sport of triathlon. The book discusses basic training principles, details each discipline, gives helpful tips on transitions, and shares important ancillary training methods such as strength training and stretching for triathletes. Additionally, Marni is a sports dietitian and has a whole chapter on proper daily nutrition and race fuel. The book ends with a great 12-week training plan that can be modified based on athletes’ fitness levels. I highly recommend this book to any aspiring triathlete and if you follow her expertise, you will surely succeed."—Meghan Fillnow,

"Marni Sumbal's new book, Athlete to Triathlete was an exceptional read, leaving every question answered so an athlete can succeed as they enter the sport of triathlon! She addressed many often-overlooked components that are needed to succeed on race day. I appreciate her holistic approach so the athlete leaves knowing that triathlon is far more than just swim, bike, and run training. I feel like an athlete could succeed in a triathlon knowing nothing prior to reading this book!"—Kelly Fillnow, Founder/CEO at Kelly Fillnow Coaching Company

"Marni Sumbal's book, Athlete to Triathlete, is one of the most complete guides for athletes of all levels that I have read. Marni Sumbal is a 'real life' coach, dealing with 'real life' people. Her ability to make the sport of triathlon less intimidating is a wonderful testament to the work she does on a daily basis. They say, 'There are no dumb questions,' but let's be honest we all have questions that we are afraid to ask. Marni's book answers so many questions and lays out such an accessible journey that even if you read the book and never toe the line in an actual race your life will just be better! Leading a healthy and well-balanced life is actually what most of us are after. Thank you, Marni for sharing your knowledge, experience, and passion for sport with all of us."—Erin Carson CSCS,

"Fantastic resource for anyone looking to embark on the journey to become a triathlete. Marni has created an easy to read, well thought out, how-to guide and training plan packed with helpful tips. A must-read for any new multipart athlete."—Jennifer Hutchison, RD, CSSD, LDN, USAT Elite Level 3 Coach, Board Certified Sport Dietitian, IronClad Performance LLC