It can be a challenge to pick the perfect gift for triathletes.
What gift will help the triathlete in your life on their triathlon journey that will be just as valuable to them months and perhaps year from now as it will be the day they receive it?
Sure you can buy them cool gear but it’s not cool gear that will get them to the finish line.
People new to the sport of triathlon need much more than a high-end bike, slick wet-suit, or colorful cycling gear to help them get where they want to go.
It’s realizing that all things are possible if only they believe in themselves and having a clearer understanding of what they are up against without any mumbo-jumbo or technical jargon that will really help them reach that distant finish line.
I have written three books that are meant to help people realize they do not have to be super-athletes to become a triathlete or an Ironman.
Ordinary people around the world who are new to the sport love my books. I get emails from them all the time. From the United States, South Africa, UK, Canada, Switzerland….well you get the picture.
There are triathletes all over the world looking for inspiration, guidance, and answers to their questions they can relate to.
I have written five books, but these are the three that are specifically for the age-group triathletes of the world.
IronStruck…The Ironman Triathlon Journey
This is the very first book I ever wrote and I’m proud to say that it has been instrumental in helping many, many ordinary people do something extraordinary and cross the Ironman finish line for the first time. It’s the perfect book for those who need just a little nudge to take on the Ironman challenge or are already committed and need some down-to-earth guidance.
Ironstruck? 500 Ironman Triathlon Questions and answers
I was getting so many questions about the the Ironman and triathlon in general that I finally decided to ask 500 questions that I sure would have liked answers to when I was new to triathlon and thinking of taking on the Ironman one day.
In the book I answered those 500 questions from all I had learned in my endurance career that began with my first of over 30 marathons in 1976 and from my first of 14 Ironman races I entered beginning in 1984 in Kona, Hawaii.
This is a great book for anyone who wants to know more about the sport or needs answers to all the questions that come up when one takes on the Ironman challenge.
Triathlete in Transition
This is the perfect book for someone who wants to get in better shape, learn new skills, and challenge themselves by taking on their very first triathlon. It can be daunting, especially for people who feel their is no hope for them– that they have waited too long to take their life in a new, exciting direction.
It’s never too late and you will never read the words can’t or shouldn’t in any of my books.
I very seldom actively promote my books other than to put a banner on my website, but I think it’s perhaps time. Up until now it has been word-of-mouth that has introduced people to my books. I have to admit there is a certain satisfaction in knowing that, but still, why not share what I have learned over the years with as many people as possible.
Here is a link to my IronStruck bookstore here is the link to my ironstruck book store.
There are download copies available, but for a gift, you would want to be sure to purchase the hard copy.
The following emails were received by fans of Ironstruck who discovered that the Ironstruck book was much more than another training book, but rather a book of motivation, Inspiration, and commonsense tips that were just what they needed.
I wrote this Ironstruck book in such a way that you just don’t read it once and forget about it. As you will read from some of the emails I received, Ironstruck will be your guide for your entire journey and many people have read it over, and over, and over because it “lifts them up” when they need it most.
**** “I wrote to you sometime last year, when I was debating whether or not to use a mountain bike for my first attempt at Ironman. You wrote a both sensible and encouraging reply.
In the end, I opted to purchase a road bike. I’ve forwarded you the story of how my race went, but most of all I wanted to say thanks again for your book Ironstruck, which I read and re-read a bunch of times, and which was by far my favorite of all of the half dozen or so I read during the course of my training.”
All the best,
**** “Totally enjoyed the Ironstruck book,it is definitely one of the better books on the market,and I totally agree in the swim concept of relaxing and of also taking your time in transition.
I’m certain that everyone who reads your book feels as I do, but most people do not take or find the time to express themselves. This is where I excel.
What I love most about your book is that it spoke to ME. It was not geared for IRONMAN finishers. It was for people like me that are on the fence of whether or not we could actually attain such an enormous feat. It’s for the majority of us… It’s for the people that are looking for something to change their life in so many ways on so many levels.
Your book is a blessing and my Bible. I read it constantly. It
already looks like it has been around for decades… It’s bent;
dog-eared to death; written in all over; highlighted; and has a few food stains in it as I was always eating or snacking while reading it… I love my “Ironstruck” book, and I plan to promote it amongst my friends; Tri club; and anyone who wants to become IRONSTRUCK!!!”
Much gratitude & respect, Jill
**** “I spoke to you several weeks ago. I bought your book and it was a
tremendous helper. You were also kind enough to give me some personal advice and coaching. I am proud to say that I AM AN IRONMAN!!! I did it!
Thanks a lot! For the last 18 miles (which in lake placid are all uphill)I kept repeating what you said,”I can do this” I did it man! Thanks for everything! I crossed the finish line at 15 hrs and 55min! Not the best time, but I could care less, I AM AN IRONMAN!!!! Thanks For everything, You really helped me and your book was invaluable!”
**** “I’m sure you get thousands of emails…especially after publishing your ironstruck book but I wanted to email you and thank you for all the great advise I got from your website, from your emails (that you answered so promptly) and from your book. I just completed my first ironman CDA on June 24th.
It was every bit the experience you talked about in your book…from the excitement of just making it to the “big day” to the pain, suffering and triumph of the swim, bike and run to the euphoric feeling of hearing that announcer say “YOU ARE AN IRON MAN!”
It truly is something I will never forget. Although I didn’t break any speed records I completed the ironman in 14 hours and 35 minutes which was a lot faster than I anticipated I would finish. I attribute that to heeding some very well given advice :)Thanks so much for your amazing book.”
Once again, here is the link to my ironstruck book store.