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Jim Gourley
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10. September 2013
Every Triathlete wants to get faster. But while training delivers big gains early on, eventually hard work only maintains the status quo. You can try to buy speed with gear upgrades, but costly high-tech equipment doesn't always deliver the results you're chasing. Faster puts free speed at your fingertips. Aerospace engineer and seasoned triathlete Jim Gourley teaches athletes how to turn knowledge into power by exploring the forces that matter most in triathlon. You will find out how to get the most out of training, gear upgrades, and technology. Even the fittest triathletes are subject to the laws of physics - like drag, friction, and rolling resistance. By understanding the forces that act on you and your gear in swimming, cycling, and running, you can build up a real advantage on race day. You'll also get the truth behind the latest trends and fads in technique, training tools, and product design. And, with science on your side, you can make the smart calls to become a better, faster triathlete. FASTER offers specific, science-based guidance on the fastest techniques and the most effective gear, answering questions like - Which wetsuit is best for me? What's the best way to draft a swimmer? Should I buy a lighter bike? Deep dish or disc wheels? Are lighter shoes faster? Who's right about running technique?

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  • Taschenbuch: 197 Seiten
  • Verlag: Velopress (10. September 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1937715027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937715021
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 24,3 x 13,6 x 1,6 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 105.233 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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""An easy-to-read, witty book that will save you time and money."" - Jordan Rapp, 5-time Ironman champion

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Jim Gourley is a teacher, a writer-and yes, a rocket scientist. His articles on the science and technology of triathlon and cycling have been widely published in Triathlete, Inside Triathlon, LAVA, Peloton, and Bicycle Times magazines.

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2.0 von 5 Sternen teilweise zu oberlächlich 10. Februar 2014
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einfach zu lesen, aber im Endeffekt für mich keine neuen Informationen, insbesondere zu Laufen und Schwimmen meines Erachtens nicht substantiell.
Beim Radfahren gibt's deutlich bessere Bücher die Technik auf Leistungsrelevanz bewerten.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen ACSM Certified Personal Trainer 8. Oktober 2013
Von Candace Chiapusio - Veröffentlicht auf
Any triathlete or anyone thinking of becoming a triathlete has heard the phrase, " if you want to go faster, open your wallet." Its a matter of fact that to be the fastest athlete, you have to have to best gear, the latest and the greatest equipment, the most aero bicycle, the lightest components, the newest running shoes and be sporting the latest and greatest trends. Right?

Well, maybe not. Jim Gourley, in his new book Faster, uses science to demystify many of these long held beliefs. It's no wonder triathletes (and I am one myself) are such easy targets for the marketing genius' who peddle their wares--we are suckers. We flock to companies that promise to shave a minute or two off our time, or guarantee a faster recovery all for some inflated price tag. Triathletes can't seem to buy these products fast enough. But, do we even know what we are buying and what these products REALLY do? A marketing promise after all is something that should be taken with a grain of salt.

In his new book, Faster, Jim Gourley, attempts to demystify these promises and guarantees. These common traps triathletes so readily fall for simply to be a little bit "Faster."

Read this book, save yourself some time and a whole lot of money. Gourley uses sound science and proven facts to show what works and what doesn't. Where to spend those hard earned dollars and when to keep them in your wallet. Before you hit your local triathlon shop, where they are hoping you can't wait to shell out big dollars on a P5, some Zipp 808 race wheels and all the goodies to go all with it, do yourself, and your retirement account a favor and spend a couple of days and reading this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Readable, smart discussion of bike, run and tri science. 25. September 2013
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I've read a lot - A LOT - about the science of bikes and running. Which handlebar is lighter? Should I get Zipps or Reynolds? What about tire width??

This book breaks it down into readable, smart graphics and writing about the WHY behind component design as well as techniques. Want to run faster? There's physics about stride length that's relatable. Want to ride faster? Learn about if having an aerodynamic or light bike is more important, and how fast you have to ride for any of it to matter. It's a great gift for any of those nerdy friends you have who crinkle their numbers before races or babble on at dinner about their new minimalist shoes. If you're one of those people, this could save you a lot of time and money, and provide you with some cold, hard science the next time you smackdown on the group ride.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book of common sense for Triathletes 24. Februar 2014
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The author provides lots of physics and explanations on Force, Momentum, Acceleration, Drag, Gravity, Yaw, Aerodynamics and Wind Tunnel testing. His theories are so practical they border on common sense. Here's the summary of this great book: 1) Lose weight! Don't buy a Cervelo P5 when the difference between the P2 is about 3lbs. Save the money and go to Jenny Craig and lose 15 to 20lbs. Losing weight will keep you from getting Plantar Facsciitis, make your more efficient in the pool, run & bike and keep you from overheating as fast as fat athletes. Force = mass x acceleration. If you lose mass, and your force is the same, you will have faster acceleration. 2) Buy tires with low rolling resistance. My continental gatorskins have 2x the rolling resistance of the Continental GP 4000s. 3) Work on your swim and run techniques. Go to a Masters Program and a good running program. 4) Buy a Power Meter. 5) Rent your Zipp Wheels; don't buy them unless your power meter is 250 or above and you completed Step 1. 6) Get a proper bike fit - The Retul method is pricey but better than FIST fittings. His other tips are great so buy this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Information 3. Oktober 2013
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Excellent book with great information for the everyday triathlete. Does a great job explaining engineering concepts in simple terms. If you think you need to buy top of the line triathlon gear, reading this book first will save you a lot of money.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good book with some errors 6. Oktober 2013
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In essence Faster is physics primer with practical rules of thumb. There is a lot to like about this book and I recommend its purchase.
Problems I find with the book:
Chapter 2, deals with swimming, has factual and conceptual errors as well as concepts not developed. It is stated, "the amount of water the object displaces is equal to its volume." This a partial statement of Archimedes principle which is true for a completely submerged object but not one partially submerged, such as a typical human. On the average specific gravity of a human is slightly less than the specific gravity of fresh water at usual swimming temperatures. Meaning 99% of humans will not sink in fresh water unless they are extremely lean. In general the buoyant force exceeds the weight of most humans. Fat floats. So the main thrust of this section, " that the force of water pushing on you as you swim is dependent on your volume not your weight", is false. In addition on pg 36 it is stated a neoprene wetsuit "displaces a large volume (and therefore mass) of water in comparison to its own mass". This statement is completely false. Neoprene will displace exactly the weight of water equal to its' own weight.
Neither chapters 1 nor 2 ever develop the concepts of center of gravity nor center of buoyancy. Kind of weird given this book is primarily a physics of triathlon book.

Chapter 4 is The Bike: Weight & Aerodynamics. Overall it is a very good chapter but again a factual error. On page 97 there is a reproduction of a table which references a paper, however upon reading that paper the table is incorrect as well the conclusion. Specifically, the table in the chapter are the probability of yaw wind angles for a car traveling 55 MPH not 30 MPH the table is purported to reference . It is stated in the chapter "The most likely yaw crosswind angles is less than 10 degrees". This is true for a car going 55 MPH with mean wind speed of 3 meters per second, however not true for a car traveling 30 MPH where yaw angles greater than 10 degrees will occur 28% of the time and greater than 15 degrees 12% of the time. With a bike going 25 MPH or 20 MPH or 15 MPH, which would be typical bike speeds (average from IronMan speeds range from 14 to 23.5 MPH), the typical wind yaw angles would be larger. Also higher average wind speeds will increase probable wind yaw angles. Reading this page would make me ignore yaw angles greater than 10 degrees when comparing products, however the study referenced contradicts this, as I believe, does bike industry data.

I liked the book and do recommend it. The 3 stars and criticism are to improve the next edition, which I also will buy.
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