FASTER Finds Free Speed for Swimmers, Cyclists, and Runners

A new book, FASTER, takes a scientific look at the three sports of triathlon to see what makes athletes truly faster-and busts the myths, fads, and doublespeak that waste money and race times. FASTER is now available in bookstores, tri shops, and online at

Astronautical engineer and triathlon journalist Jim Gourley explores the forces at play in the swim-bike-run sport to find techniques and tweaks that earn new speed at no cost. He offers science-based guidance on faster methods and effective gear that’s actually worth an upgrade.

The clear analogies and crisp infographics in FASTER answer fascinating questions like:

* Is there such a thing as a “fast bike”?

* How can triathletes ease open-water swimming?

* Should runners run barefoot?

* Are lighter bikes worth the money?

* What’s the fastest tire pressure?

* Do heavier cyclists descend faster?

* Does drafting another runner work?

* What’s the single most effective gear upgrade?

Gourley draws on published studies from peer-reviewed journals to show what scientists have discovered about gear, technique, pacing, and race strategy. Once armed with a clear understanding of the body in motion, swimmers, cyclists, runners, and triathletes will separate fad from fact to become smarter, faster athletes. Visit to see myths busted and gear debunked and to Ask a Scientist questions about the physics of triathlon.

FASTER: Demystifying the Science of Triathlon Speed

Jim Gourley is an astronautical engineer, triathlon journalist, and triathlete. He is a 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 Triathlete, Inside Triathlon, LAVA, USA Triathlon, and 3/GO magazines.

VeloPress is the leading publisher of books about triathlon. VeloPress books help beginners and committed athletes build fitness and achieve their goals. VeloPress celebrates the icons of endurance sports through history books, biographies, memoirs, and photography books. For more information, please visit

Media, marketing, and sales contact: Dave Trendler, VeloPress, [email protected]

This press release was provided to swimswam by VeloPress.

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