Nothing like a good book...

Updated: Feb 23

We've all got a bit of time on our hands at the moment, and there are some fantastic books out there, here's a starter of some of my favourites. Some are Triathlon, some are sport, some are autobiographies and others are just great stories. It's a long list, but it's a good list, be keen to hear your thoughts too


Training/Diet/Performance/Mindset Related


Alex Hutchinson - Endure: Mind, Body and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance

What determines endurance limits

Matt Fitzgerald - How Bad do you want it?

Why the mind is more important than the legs and arms

Matt Fitzgerald - 80/20 Running

The basis of the email Mrs Price wrote a while back, why low intensity should be the majority of your training

Matt Fitzgerald - The Endurance Diet

Takes sample diets from lots of the worlds best athletes and comes up with some common sense , uncomplicated rules

Matt Fitzgerald - Run: The Mind-body method of running by feel

Ronseal, ditch the watch and learn to run to feel

David Epstein - Range

All about specialising in a field vs have a range of skills

David Epstein - The Sports Gene

Nature vs nurture

Steve Peters - The Chimp Paradox

The chimp book, Steve Peters worked with Team Sky as a sport psychologist, how to control the inner chimp

Mike Stroud - Survival of the Fittest

Interesting book on the limits of human ability

Malcolm Gladwell - Outliers The Story of Success

Stories of some of the greatest across all walks of life and the reasons why

Steve Magness - The Science of Running: How to find your limit and train to maximize your performance

Takes the scientific and the coaching views and blends them to cover some interesting concepts on running

Matthew Futterman - Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed

Running hard to run fast

Mark Kilon - Triathlon Anatomy

Ronseal, and includes lots of exercises specific to Triathlon

Jay Dicharry - Anatomy for Runners

Ronseal, anatomy and biomechanics, but also includes lots of self assessment exercises to identify weaknesses

Matthew Syed - The Greatest The Quest for Sporting Perfection

Ronseal, what do the greatest athletes do

Matthew Syed - Bounce: The Myth of talent and the power of practice

Ronseal, why practice is so important and it's not just talent

Ross Edgley - The Worlds Fittest Book

Some really good S&C and general fitness advice, and very easy to understand

Ross Edgley - The Art of Resilience

Interesting take on building resilience

Ross Edgley - Blueprint

Build a bulletproof body

Matthew Walker - Why we Sleep

Ronseal, it's about sleeping, bloody brilliant book though

Christine Aschwanden - Good to Go: How to Eat, Sleep and Rest Like a Champion

Talks through all of the best recovery methods

Jeff Bercovici - Play On

How to keep performing as a more 'mature' athlete

Ali Brownlee - Relentless: Secrets of the Sporting elite

What does it take to stay at the very pinnacle of sport


Inspiring Stories


Matt Fitzgerald - Iron War

All about the 1989 Ironman World Championships Dave Scott vs Mark Allen

David Goggins - You Can't Hurt Me

Goggins is a bit of a legend, if you think you're working hard, you're not

Martyn Brunt - The Accidental Ironman

Martyn used to write blogs for 220, funny bloke and this is his story in tri

Mimi Anderson - Beyond Impossible

Absolute legend of Ultra running

Chrissie Wellington - A Life without limits

Chrissie Wellington's first book, if you don't know who Chrissie is, you should

Scott Jurek - Eat and Run

Scott Jurek is an amazing ultra runner, this is his story

Rod Ellingworth - Project Rainbow

Rod was the coach for British Cycling/Team Sky and this is all about the pursuit of the World Championship Jersey

Sean Yates - It's all about the bike

Sean Yates was a beast on the bike in the 90s and part of the off the bike team at some of the biggest tour teams

Ed Caesar - 2 hours

All about the 1st attempt at the sub 2 hour marathon

Andy Holgate - Can't Swim, Can't Bike, Can't Run

Very good book about a normal bloke and his triathlon journey

George Mahood - Operation Ironman

From hospital bed to an Ironman, very funny

George Mahood - Free Country

Lands end to John O'Groats for free??

Johh McVoy - Redemption

Awesome life story of a someone who went from maximum security at Belmarsh and turned it all around

Rich Roll - Finding Ultra

Another story of someone who found endurance sport and turned their life around, he also has a good podcast

Steve Birkinshaw - There is no map in hell

Trail runners knocking chunks off each other in the Lake District

Richard Askwith - Feet in the Clouds

As above

Richard Askwith - Today we Die a little

Story of Emil Zatopek - legend of the Olympics in the 1950s and took interval training to a new level

Rick Broadbent - Endurance: The Extraordinary Life and times of Emil Zatopek

As above but a different viewpoint Tom Jordan - Pre: The Story of America's Greatest Distance Runner

Steven Prefontaine was a monster of American track in the 70s, also a very strong tash

Peter Bills - The Jersey: The All Blacks: The Secrets Behind the World's Most Successful Team

Bit different but all about 'why' the All Blacks are so good

Phil Knight - Shoe Dog

The Story of Nike

Michael Crawley - Out of Thin Air

Anthropological study of Ethiopian runners

Matt Fitzgerald - Running the Dream

Middle aged amateur lives like a pro runner to see how good he can get

Mark Beaumont - Around the World in 80 Days

Attempting to cycle around the world in 80 days

Jeremy Schaap - Triumph: Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics

The story of Jesse Owens, if you don't know it, you need to

Sir Steve Redgrave - Inspired

Tales of fellow sporting legends and their success

Chris Hoy - The Autobiography

Scottish bloke rides a track bike extremely fast

Marc Bloom - Amazing Racers

US Cross country running and an inspirational coach

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