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Foreword Preface 1 Physics and the Triathlete The Triathlete's Battle Against the Universe Getting a Grip: The Importance of Friction Feel the Flow: A triathlete's introduction to aerodynamics 2 The Swim Jumping in Head First: How the smart triathlete uses their brain on 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 and Flash Freezes: Is there really such a thing as "fast" water? Like a Sturgeon: Would I be faster if my suit had scales? 3 The Bike and Power Going in Circles: How the smart triathlete crushes the bike with brainpower Let's Roll: The body and the medium Knowing What's Watt: The fundamentals of power on the bike 4 The Bike and Aerodynamics 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 Heads Up: The finer points about aero helmets Let's Have the "Crosswind Talk" Light at the End of the Tunnel: Comparing wind tunnel numbers Where the Rubber Hits the Road: Can my choice of tires really make me faster? 5The Run Looking at the Run like Never Before: As a physicist The Body & the Medium: The mechanics of running From Kenyans to Clydesdales: The secrets of running economy The Big Not-So-Easy: Heat dissipation versus athlete 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 The Road Less Traveled: How treadmills, trails and beaches affect your run 6 A Scientific Approach to Racing Strategy Finding Your Happily-Ever-After: Looking at the race from start to finish Dropping (your concept of) the Hammer: How to finish faster by going slower It's the Economy, Stupid: What the smart athlete knows about pacing an Ironman effort Acknowledgments References Index About the Author

About the Author

Jim Gourley is a successful triathlete, multiple Ironman finisher, and a finisher of the Race Across America, one of the most difficult endurance races in the world. Gourley earned a degree in Astronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and has written on the science and technology of triathlon and cycling for the last four years. His articles have appeared in Triathlete, Inside Triathlon, LAVA, USA Triathlon, and 3/GO magazines.


"Faster is a fascinating look at triathlon that will indeed make you faster." -- "Faster answers questions you may long wanted to ask but were afraid to" |Gourley weeds through an entire market of products so you don't have to" |The writing is clear, humorous and to the point. Faster will empower triathlete consumers while saving them time and money and helping their race results skyrocket." -- Triathlon Magazine Canada "Getting faster doesn't have to cost more time and money; it simply takes more smarts. Enter Jim Gourley. He actually is a rocket scientist, and he brings his astronautical know-how to triathlons. He explains and compares the effects of triathlon gear and techniques like aero wheels, wetsuits, shaved legs, and the "drag flag" of your race number. Yes, there's science here. But if a triathlon doesn't scare you, you shouldn't be afraid of the basic physics in this book. As Gourley promises, "Free speed does exist. You just have to know where to find it." -- Experience Life magazine "An easy-to-read, witty book that will save you time and money." -- Jordan Rapp, 5-time Ironman champion "Any triathlete who is either racing for a front of the pack finish or just working to be the best they can be would enjoy this book immensely. Faster puts complicated science in terms that are easy to understand and then links it back to purchasing decisions." -- "Like Gourley, I'm a technologist and engineer " |[but] I don't enjoying reading scientific and technical papers. I'm more of the 'Speed for Dummies' type--just give me the facts and bottom line. No fluff. No boring details. And Gourley's book does just that. He breaks down all the concepts and make them easier to understand. Definitely worth a read and belongs to my book library." -- Minimalist Running "A fun approach to myth busting and how physics affects us athletes" |The cycling chapter brilliantly discusses the physics behind riding. You'll learn a lot about the forces acting on you as you ride, making decisions based on real-world conditions, and what the true value of expensive upgrades may be." --

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