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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 21 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 21 Feb. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IJQN5VS
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The Obree Way: A Training Manual for Cyclists Audiobook – Unabridged
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He opens by cautioning against over-training, emphasising the importance of rest to allow the body to adapt to the greater stresses placed upon it. The amount of rest is determined by what your body is saying rather than what a training plan dictates. He goes into almost obsessive detail about the type of turbo trainer you will need and how you will have to improve its accuracy. Quite obviously turbo training sessions were critical to Graeme's success in riding against the clock. He prefers steady-state over interval training; this probably suits him as a time trialist, and is no doubt why he does not give detailed training plans, which would be of no use to, say, sprinters.
The book continues in the same detailed manner, revealing the breathing pattern he devised, how to pedal efficiently, how to refuel without being taken in by sports-nutrition companies, and even delving into the psychology of competition and getting selected by team directors.
Most keen cyclists will learn something useful from The Obree Way, Those wishing to enter the world of competition will do well to read it, if only to see what it takes to get to the top. I certainly enjoyed reading what makes the great maverick tick.
A great, inspiring read for all interested in the discipline and an insight into the mind of one of cycling greats.
Each chapter is basically written as one long section of prose, which does make it more enjoyable to read (I pretty much read it cover to cover in one session; always a sign of a well written book), but that means it doesn't work as a quick reference guide (you can't flick through it to check a minor detail for instance).
Basically its a fun quirky book that will stay in my collection, but isn't like to get read or referenced very often.
The book is written from a base of knowledge and experience that few can rival and the best part for me is he clearly has no agenda to sell. He just wants to add value to your cycling experience whether you are a cyclist or an armchair fan or someone who wants to learn more about the subject.