Swim, Bike, Run: Our Triathlon Story

Brownlees biography lacks depth but still worth a punt

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
£20.00
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Ghostwritten by BBC’s chief sports writer Tom Fordyce, this is a first-person account that charts the Brownlee brothers’ journey from West Yorkshire to the Olympic podium.

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Breaking up the biographical are training tips to either integrate into your programme (“don’t become obsessed by the perfect diet”) or simply aspire to (“on a Lanzarote training camp we were running 64sec 400s over and over again”).

Alistair is known to be ruthless; Jonny is more submissive, but still focused on his own goals with a meticulous preparation bordering on OCD.

Fordyce extracts many anecdotes from the brothers to nurture these characteristics, which is great for the uninitiated but provides nothing particularly revelatory for committed followers; that said, it becomes clear that Alistair’s never been a fan of the BTF or sport psychologists.

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It’s an entertaining enough read, but lacks the depth of classic sport biographies because of two unavoidable facts: they’re both very young and have enjoyed unparalleled success.