So you all know what I think about running. And swimming. Biking I actually like, but two out of three, with apologies to Meatloaf, is not all it's cracked up to be. And yet I feel compelled to train for a triathlon, which is latin for "sucks to be you."
Luckily there's Triathlon Revolution: Training, Technique, and Inspiration by Terri Schneider, the latest in the Mountaineers Outdoor Expert series. I'll tell you up front this is not a technique book, with the exception of the running chapter, which is the only one of the three sport-specific chapters that actually does contain a good chunk of valuable info on running technique.
The strength of this book lies in the wealth of information covering all the non-technique subjects: gear, nutrition, training, motivation, psychology and the all important transitions. There are sample routines and schedules, and frequent guest blurbs from accomplished triathletes about the finer points of all of the above. Rounding it all out is a very useful glossary and bibliography. Triathlon Revolution belongs on the bookshelf of anyone, novice or master, crazy enough to want to participate in this peculiar yet seductive form of self-abuse.