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Not just for the scary people
on 12 November 2012
This book is a revelation.
It gives an amazing method for constructing a training year. Don't expect a series of pre-set training plans. This book expects you to spend some time off your bike, with a pencil and paper, or a spreadsheet, and to actually absorb what the book says, and use the info and the methods given to build your own structured annual training plan (ATP).
The explanations and reasoning of every step in constructing the ATP are absolutely clear, and all you have to do is take on board what is said, and you'll be equipped to create yourself a progressive plan that builds up to your chosen events.
Now, the best bit is, it's for everyone. I'm certain that the scary guys and gals with spray-on clothing and their helium filled carbon bikes will get a great deal of benefit from building up to their race season following the methods described in this book. But also, people like me: an overweight 46 year old in my first year of cycling, will also benefit tremendously.
You see, the best way to train is always the best way, regardless of where you start. I will do pretty much the same stuff as the pros. But I'll do less of it, and at a lower intensity. This book allows me to construct my own annual plan using the same techniques as the pros, and the plan is fitted exactly to where I am in my training. It won't be too hard or too easy, because the plan I constructed is based on, and targeted for, me specifically, and for the amount of time I have available to ride and train.
The ATP you produce for yourself using this book will give you motivational goals to reach throughout your year, and will allow you to vary your training to keep interest and motivation high, whilst ensuring that every week, and even every day, what you are doing that day is directly progressing you along your path.
The ATP I've constructed commences in 2013 (I'm writing this in November 2012), but in the meanwhile, I've done myself a shortened four month plan to see out the rest of this year. Already my fitness has improved dramatically, I'm enjoying the challenges the training sets, and enjoying the critical rest days as well.
If you prefer to have a structured plan for your training (and it's the best way to see constant and significant gains), and if you are prepared to spend a few days reading the book, and then a few hours with Excel or an online training planner, then I think you'll really like this book, and probably will get great benefit from following its method.