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The Cyclist's Training Bible: A Complete Training Guide for the Competitive Road Cyclist (Cycling) [Paperback]

Joe Friel
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30 Jun 1999 Cycling
Gives racers a distinct competitive advantage by providing options for solving training questions such as What can I do to climb better"? Topics covered include periodisation and planning your training year, evaluation of strengths and weaknesses, creating the ultimate training diary, fitness testing, nutrition, strength and stretching. Regardless of your gender, age or racing experience, this handbook is intended to help move you gently through a training programme to meet your competitive goals."

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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; 2Rev Ed edition (30 Jun 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713650842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713650846
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 18.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful
Joe Friel has produced an excellent training guide for the competitive cyclist. All aspects of training are covered, from specific on-the-bike drills to cross training and nutrition. The information is structured in an extremely user friendly format making the creation of a personalised year long training program simple and informed. The book contains the latest in sports science research like using lactate threshold pulse rate instead of maximum pulse rate as a training focal point, special emphasis on rest and a very interesting introduction to the 'neolithic diet'. The only problem I found with the book is that it often leaves you craving more information on a given topic than it contains. Fortunately, all the chapters are backed up with a comprehensive reading list.
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This book describes how you exactly should go about planning your racing and training season. All with tables, plans and suggested practices, and journals. Wonderful!
The book is based on periodization and divides the training into six different areas (strength, speed and endurance are the main ones). The season is also split into several phases. Based on the time of year and your weaknesses and strengths you set up a yearly plan. The whole point with this plan is to peak you performance on a scheduled time. Out of some tables you choose different exercises for a weekly plan. The exercises differ in intensity and volume. But Joe explains all this.
Although I am just an amateur road cyclist I highly recommend this book for any cyclist who wish to follow a better plan and improve their performances in races. Hell, even if you just interested in structured endurance-training, this book is a good read. When you examine your written journal after a while (I recommend making an electronic one) you can easily see what kind of improvements you have made and what kind of exercises suited you best at the different stages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Methodical 6 Nov 2003
I had been training and racing for several years, picking up information from here and there. The one thing I was missing was a method for working out a detailed structure and a framework for making decisions as to on what areas to concentrate.
Then, a few years ago, I bought this book. Most books on training are aimed at people with all the time they need to train. This book takes a real work perspective and allows you to make the right decisions bearing in mind all the limiting factors, from the physical to the simple fact that most ordinary people have a limited time in which to train.
So, with the focus this book gave me, even though my time was more limited than ever, I trained to the best of my ability and resources and then a raced a handful of races in my category. Needless to say, I was placed in most races and got enough points to go up a category straight away. For this simple fact, I highly recommend this book to everyone!
Next year, I am going to try Triathlon.. needless to say, I am buying Joel's triathlon training bible too!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It WILL help you improve your performance! 24 Oct 1999
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A large number of books that deal with serious cycle training fall into the category of 'Training level clones' which hark back to Keen et al. The content of this book came as a breath of fresh air! The carefully explained training strategies are underpinned by sensible reference to human physiology and the 'realities of life'. You can coach yourself whilst feeling that Joe Friel knows exactly what you are going through! Incidentally, his companion book, 'Cycling Past 50' is superb for those of us who still have dreams of improving their cycling performance when we should know better!! My own personal bests at '10' and '25' miles are testament that it works!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will improve your cycling! 14 Sep 1998
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This book offers easy to understand, and easy to follow guidelines on how training works, how to measure your training efforts, how to gauge your progress, and how to get the most out of your training time. It's a great book, and my cycling has improved beyond all expectations after following Joe Friel's training principles for a year!
If you are planning to race against me in next year's Leadville 100, and Vail Ultra 100, PLEASE don't read this book!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best 20 May 2000
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This book is the best I have look at for training, it gives you so much information about how to train like the pro's,eat,rest and general fitness, from reading this book my 25 time has been a big improvement,just from changing my training plan. A must for the up a coming cyclists
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