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Faster Demystifying the Science of Triathlon Speed

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ISBN-10: 1937715027

ISBN-13: 9781937715021

Edition: 2013

Authors: Jim Gourley

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You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to become a fast triathlete, but it sure doesn’t hurt! Astronautical engineer and triathlete Jim Gourley reveals the physics underlying the swim-bike-run sport of triathlon. Through clever and unforgettable examples Gourley shows triathletes how knowledge—and a few fascinating tricks of physics—can make them faster in training and racing. Triathlon demands great fitness, but even the most gifted triathletes are subject to the laws of fluid and aerodynamics, friction, and rolling resistance. Gourley explains how triathletes and their gear interact with the physical forces that determine their speed and performance. Fasterwill change how triathletes…    
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: VeloPress
Publication date: 8/13/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Physics & the Tri Athlete
Battle Against the Universe: Forces and how they relate to you
Get a Grip: The importance of friction
Feel the Flow: An introduction to aerodynamics
The Swim
Everybody in the Water: The body and the medium
Catching a Clue: Is it better to cup your hands or keep them flat?
Fishtailing: The benefit of drafting other swimmers
Salty Dogs & Flash Freezes: Is there really such a thing as "fast" water?
Like a Sturgeon: Would I be faster if my suit had scales?
The Bike & Power
Let's Roll: The body and the medium
Finding a Better Body: All the fastest parts might not add up to speed
The Triathlete's Secret Weapon: The best equipment money can buy
Knowing What's Watt: The fundamentals of power on the bike
What's it Worth?: The relative value of a watt
The Bike: Weight & Aerodynamics
Climbers Beware: Working against the weight of the world
A Weighty Matter: The (relative) benefit of lightening your load
Mass Effect: The ups and downs of being heavier on descents
Aero Head: The smart way to get fast
Numbers in the Real World: Because nobody races in a wind tunnel
Heads Up: The finer points about aero helmets
Brace Yourselves, Winds are Coming: Crosswinds and their effects on cycling
Lord of the Rims: A discussion of wheels that comes full circle
Law & Order, CFD: Investigating the case of the dueling wind runnel tests
Where the Rubber Hits the Road: Can my choice of tires really make me faster?
These Aren't the Upgrades You're Looking For: Stop worrying about "other" losses
The Run
The Mechanics of Running: The body and the medium
Pogo Gadget Legsi from Kenyans: Tuning up the mechanics of running economy
From Kenyans to Clydesdales: The unknown science behind running economy
The Big Not-So-Easy: Heat dissipation versus athlele size
Don't Stand So Close to me: Can you really draft on the run?
A Discussion Worth Repeating: Running on hills
Hermes' Sandals: What's to be gained from lighter shoes, shorts, and shirts
Kicks & The City: Is your sole mate out there?
The Road Less Traveled: How treadmills, trails, and beaches affect your run
A Scientific Approach to Racing Strategy
Finding Your Happily Ever After: Looking at the race from start to finish
Dropping the Hammer: How to finish faster on sprint- and Olympic-distance courses
It's the Economy, Stupid: What the smart athlete knows about pacing an Ironman effort
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