Now I've read a lot of blogs this AM and I'm not sure how it'll compare to the ones belonging to the creative minds of Haley, Poonstar, and Grizzle Rose, but here we go!
Today's Review: "Beyond the Iron" by Wayne Kurtz
Website: Race Twitch
Courier New 14 font! So it was quick to breeze though. Now for the breakdown...
Pages 1-20: Basically covers the races that are considered "beyond the iron" and how they are set up and along with distance break downs... I knew all of this going in so I skimmed.
Pages 21-30: Included here are few steps to think about, such as: make a plan, set a goal, making a training schedule, be prepared to train your mind, apply strategies to overcome tired legs, and start learning to sit in the saddle for long distance.All of which I consider novice features that you should do for just about any race! However it begins to set the tone of the book, which I will dive into later.
Pages 31-110: Looked a lot like this...
|Now only if I knew how to rotate a pic|
Pre-20 week training plan he goes into some descriptions about the strength program along with testing and how he does it and how to break up the HR zones based on testing (He uses a % of Max HR, yeah not a fan). Run test is a 5 mile Aerobic TT at 75% of Max HR. Bike test is 5' at 80% of a previous 5' all out effort followed by a 20' break and then 20' all out TT... so basically a modified Coggans/Allen test.
In regards to the plan I see a few of the things he was going for but that didn't transfer exactly right. Example: Doing 15" surges with 5' recoveries. Only correlation I can make is doing Alactic Burst but the benefit of those ends at 10" and I believe incorporate a longer recovery period. Overall I think there's a bit too much intensity within the program, yes it is surrounded by tons of volume and L2 (which he also says 70% of max HR). Again, to each their own but this is my review damnit and I say too much intensity! haha.
Pages 111- 240 (end of book) : After the training plan there are a ton of repetitive post and tips. Some good ones in there, like using diaper rash cream on chaffing parts of your body. Then bad ones like another entire chapter dedicated to races he already explained in Ch. 2. It basically looked like a ton of blog post that he has written in the past that he copied and pasted into back half of the book to use as filler.
Overall report: If you have litterly no idea of anything (distance, training, races) that are available after the Ironman Distance then I would suggest this book for you as it covers a lot of Novice/Basic features of the topic. However if you know anything about the races and distance then I suggest you spend that time/money on just researching blogs online of people that have done these races in the past, there will be much more valuable information in those then in this book. I could just be slightly bitter due to my desire for further learning and education and Beyond the Iron failed to provide any of that to me, i.e. what the body actually goes through and changes within your internal systems that you should look for.
Now which book to review next...
|note to self: stop taking sideways pics!|
|Yes I realize my Rev3 number is still on there (motivation) and so is my front race wheel (lazyness).|