The Mountain Biker's Training Bible Paperback – 15 Jun 2000
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Explains how to be an effective self-coach, offers instruction for developing a training program based on a sound scientific approach, and discusses the importance of strength work, stretching, and diet.
About the Author
Joe Friel is the most trusted endurance sports coach in the world. He is the best-selling author of The Triathlete's Training Bible, The Cyclist's Training Bible, Fast After 50, Going Long, Your Best Triathlon, The Power Meter Handbook, and Your First Triathlon. His TrainingBible Coaching service is one of the most successful and respected in endurance sports.
Joe has trained endurance athletes since 1980, including national champions, world championship contenders, and Olympic athletes in triathlon, duathlon, road cycling, and mountain biking.
He is an elite-certified USA Triathlon and USA Cycling coach and holds a master's degree in exercise science. He conducts training and racing seminars around the world and provides consulting services for corporations in the fitness industry. He has also been active in business as the founder of Ultrafit, an association of coaching businesses; TrainingPeaks, a web-based software company; and TrainingBible Coaching.
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It is supposed to be aimed at novices through to pro's. Well, the novice mentioned must be a novice racer and not just a novice rider, as this book went way over my head. All I wanted was to be more efficient (in technique such as pedalling and diet). This book mainly covers how to be a mountain bike racer with guides on how many hundreds of hours training are required, weight workouts, etc.
I'm sure someone who is a racer will find this book very useful and give it 5 stars, but for the majority of weekend warriors then this book is not for you.
I need not have worried. Friel has used his earlier work as a starting point and vastly improved it. This book is mountain bike specific (the other one is really for road cyclists) and it has been totally reorganised, updated and most of all - clarified, to the point where it reads like a completely different book.
Even though it is a relatively long book (300 pages) it is densely written. There is a lot of information to take in and you will need to read it several times and possibly even take notes! This is not a criticism. All the information you need to improve your competitive cycling is here, but Friel does not repeat himself unnecessarily. There is no padding, just plenty of hard information and detailed explanation.
If you are new to cycling or mountain biking and are looking for equipment advice or tips on how to corner or descend faster then look elsewhere, but if you are serious about your cycling and want to develop a properly structured goal driven training plan then this is the book for you.
Although it is firmly aimed at competitive cyclists and coaches don't let this put you off. Whether you have two hours a week, or twenty hours a week to train, this book will show you how to use that precious time most effectively to consistently cycle further and faster.
It is pretty easy to fallow even for not native English readers as well.
The Mountain Biker's Training Bible
If you're the target audience for this book, someone who races and is hungry to get better, will know a lot of what this book tells you. BUT the main advantage of this book is explaining the reason behind all the tips you've received, timing them and reviewing them for next time.
Good example, going to the gym, we all know that some benefits can be had by going but a lot of us don't bother. This book suggests that you should do different types of gym training at different times of your training year. It gives you 5 different ways that include things like power Endurance phase (PE) and Strength Maintenance phase(SM).
The heart of what this book is teaching you is to know yourself and your abilities, the book suggest adding simple thing to your training and riding like keeping a training diary so that you can log how you feel, your concerns and praises of the training your doing, so that next time you know what does and doesn't work well for you.
Because of this, if you train utilizing this book for a number of years you would just get stronger and stronger as a rider.
If you whant to get better in something, you need to read and learn and this is great book to start or learn more about MTB training.