A key to your Ironman success will be the knowledge you can absorb about every aspect of the race.

A lot of this knowledge will be from the internet through websites like this or forums like and some will be from the information the Race Organisers supply.

However, books are still the primary source of your knowledgebase, especially where training and nutrition are concerned.

Below are some of the recommended sources of book based information for training, inspiration and nutrition.

Ironman Training

Be Iron Fit: Time-Efficient Training Secrets for Ultimate Fitness – Don Fink Going Long: Training for Triathlon’s Ultimate Challenge – Joe Friel and Gordo Byrne Ironman Start to Finish: 24 Weeks to an Endurance Triathlon – Paul Huddle
Don Fink’s 30 week training plans are almost the default choice for the Novice Ironman, but this book is much more than that. Tips on Time
Management and Training-Life balance are very valuable, but the question is still is 30 weeks too long to train for you first Ironman?
Friel and Byrne’s book is a more mature manual than the “one size fits all” Fink, but that’s the reason why it will appeal to the more experienced Ironman rather than the set plans in Fink. Still the bible of Ironman Training, but maybe after your first year Huddle presents a slightly different slant presenting a 24 week plan rather than the 30 week in the other two books.  Not the strength in depth of the other two benchmarks, but could offer something different and shows you how the periodisation can work on a shorter plan.

Ironman Inspiration

Can’t Swim, Can’t Ride, Can’t Run: My Triathlon Journey from Common Man to Ironman – Andy Holgate How Triathlon
Ruined My Life
- Darren
Becoming an Ironman: First Encounters with the Ultimate Endurance Event
- Kara Douglass Thom
Great story of a normal bloke dealing with everyday life, work, family and especially injury to achieve his Ironman Goal. Full review coming on Sub17.Net very soon!! Another zero to hero story of novice to Ironman.  Some really humourous moments and lessons that are very valuable for the Rookie Ironman. The portrayal of the IMUK race day is especially good!! Something different in this book – short stories from a number of athletes about their IM experience. Some fast people, slow people and most importantly for the learning experience, those that didn’t make the cut off.  A useful book that you can dip in and out of.


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