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The Cyclist's Training Bible: A Complete Training Guide for the Competitive Road Cyclist (Cycling) Paperback – 30 Jun 1999
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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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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.
If you are planning to race against me in next year's Leadville 100, and Vail Ultra 100, PLEASE don't read this book!!!!!
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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