Thursday, June 28, 2007

Travel and book revisions

You may have noticed that I haven't posted much this month. I was only in my office 5 days all month. I have been to Singapore; Thailand; the Colorado Rockies; Sarasota, Florida and tomorrow I'm off to Portland, Oregon. Then Sunday I head to Boulder, CO where I will be hanging out until September to escape the heat of Scottsdale, AZ.

My next talk will be at the Timberman Triathlon on August 18 in New Hampshire. And the weekend after I'll be in Chicago for the triathlon there. That's all of my appearances until Interbike in Las Vegas the end of September and Kona for the Ironman in October. In November I'll be speaking at a wind tunnel camp for coaches at Texas A&M which should be a lot of fun. John Cobb is pulling this together (ask John, not me for details). And then the end of November I'm off to England to speak at a seminar there.

And so it doesn't look like I'm just sitting around doing nothing, here's what I'm working on. I'm revising The Triathlete's Training Bible, The Cyclist's Training Bible, and, along with my co-author Gordo Byrn, Going Long. I'm doing something different with the Training Bible revisions this time. When I revised them last time I was overwhelmed with athletes asking if they would find much in the way of changes from their first edition and was it worth the money to buy the newest one. There were a lot of changes. And I still get emails from athletes asking about stuff in the first edition that was corrected in the second. People, people...:)

So what I'm doing this time is creating a "companion" to go along with each Training Bible that will only be changes to the second edition. It will be a small, stand-alone book that is just updates to the second edition. You can pick it up in the book store and see if the changes are great enough for you to buy it. There will be changes to every chapter and it will be far less expensive than buying the entire third edition which will have all of the original stuff I kept from the first two editions and the latest changes and additions in one place. This is not expected to be on the shelves until the fall of 2008 but I'll be talking about a lot of the new stuff here in my blog. In fact, I've already discussed some of it here. Let me know what you think about this companion book idea.


At June 28, 2007 7:44 PM , Blogger Match Burner said...

a worthwhile idea - I would be much more inclined to buy an update rather than a revised edition. Even better make it an eBook so I don't have to go to the bookstore.

At June 29, 2007 2:20 AM , Blogger Morten Liebach said...

I'd love to have the book as a PDF, perhaps as a bundle of a paper and PDF version.

Especially if it's done like they do over at the Pragmatic Programmers where there's absolutely no encryption or passwords, just a simple footer on each page saying "Prepared exclusively for Morten Liebach" (on my copies, naturally). Best copy protection scheme ever.

If a PDF is completely soaked in encryption it's hard to use, reference and index with eg. the Mac OS X Spotlight service. Too much copy protection defies the purpose.

So basically: if you create an electronic version, please please please do like Pragmatic Programmers.

And I'd buy the complete new revision instead of just an update, I would be constantly annoyed to look things up, find it, and then have to look it up again in the update booklet to see if it has been updated.

So don't bother with an update for my sake, just publish a revised edition.

At June 29, 2007 2:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also really like the idea of a companion book.

At June 30, 2007 5:05 PM , Blogger Bill said...

Wonderful idea, Joe.

I've stuck with TCTB #1 and TTTB #1, not seeing the point in buying the updated volumes. But with the opportunity to view the differences, it might change my mind.

Or even just a web page or PDF available to list the changes. Whichever is cheaper and more feasible for you.


At July 12, 2007 7:25 PM , Anonymous Bob Rebach said...

I would second the idea of an ebook. I find it is much more convenient than paper.

At August 5, 2007 9:35 AM , Blogger marcus said...

You are a mentor in many ways to us coaches and you were always ahead of the curve when it comes to the business of endurance sports. As previously stated an ebook would keep you a step ahead of the rest.

At September 2, 2008 1:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe, any idea when the 3rd edition will be on the street?



At September 2, 2008 4:57 PM , Blogger Joe Friel said...


At October 8, 2008 11:33 PM , Anonymous idotkontji said...

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