Endurance Athlete's Edge

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Human Kinetics, 1997 - Sports & Recreation - 229 pages
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Endurance and multisport athletes are a dedicated bunch. Whether they are running marathons, racing through ocean swims, pedaling over mountains, or competing in triathlons or duathlons, most of these athletes are not content just to finish. Their challenge is to cover the distance with maximum speed.

In Endurance Athlete's Edge, author Marc Evans guides these serious competitors toward high-level fitness, flawless technique, and superior competitive performance. Selected as the USA National Triathlon Team coach and manager in 1989 and 1990, Evans has helped countless athletes move their performance standards ever higher. Through years of working with top athletes, such as Scott Tinley, he has developed a program that produces outstanding results in training and competition.

Here, Evans teaches readers the most efficient swimming, cycling, and running techniques through numerous photographs and 50 performance drills. He includes prescriptions for strength training, flexibility, and nutrition, as well as advice for mental training and race preparation.

Athletes and coaches alike will value the many effective training tables and charts carefully developed by Evans. He provides a series of templates that enable readers to customize training schedules. The result is a week-by-week training prescription for each sport, including what percentage of the training should be done in each of four intensity zones. Readers can simply refer to handy pace charts to match their effort to the prescribed intensity levels. The special, systematic table of periodization makes this difficult concept easy to apply, helping readers to reach peak fitness at just the right time for major competitions.

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User Review  - Mark_Oszoli - LibraryThing

This book is for the triathlete and hence focuses on three types of endurance running cycling and swimming. The information is very detailed and set out in an easy to follow manner. However I have to ... Read full review

About the author (1997)


Marc Evans is a pioneer in coaching endurance athletes. He got his start in 1981 when he founded Triathletics West and became triathlon's first professional coach. Since then he has coached professional and age group Ironman winners, national champions, and hundreds of other top endurance athletes around the world. In 1989 Evans was named USA National Triathlon Coach for the first World Triathlon Championships in Avignon, France. The following year he was appointed coach of the USA triathlon team at the Elite Performance Testing Series held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Evans is the president of Endurance Sport Technology Group, Inc. (ESTG), a research, design, and engineering company that specializes in sports training products. Well-known for developing the table of periodization, Evans continues to create new training techniques for both recreational and elite endurance athletes. He was presented the American Medical Athletic Association's Award of Excellence in 1992, and he was named Coach of the Year in 1990 by SECURA Insurance Company.

Evans lives in northern California/Nevada, where he enjoys telemark skiing, swimming, cycling, and hiking with his chocolate Labrador, Edge.

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