The Cyclist's Training Bible (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Cyclist's Training Bible Helps cyclists create a comprehensive, self-coached training plan that is both scientifically proven and shaped around their personal goals. This title intends to empower athletes with various details they need to consider when planning a season, lining up a week of workouts, or preparing to race.
- Published: 12 March 2009
- Format: Paperback 330 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781934030202 ISBN 10: 1934030201
- Sales rank: 4,193
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Reviews for The Cyclist's Training Bible
Great for serious training
This is a pretty weighty book, but is well written and laid out, making it pretty easy to read. The size of the book is due to Friel's efforts to ensure the reader understands the concepts before applying them, so as to maximise gains and avoid wasting time. This style can makes it difficult to find specific topics/pointers quickly, despite a decent index, so my advice is to read through the book in its entirety before going back to revise specific areas.
By chapter four I had become a little concerned I had purchased a 300+ page advert for a power meter (something I cannot afford), and while Friel does advocate their use, he provides throrough explanations of alternatives, such as heart rate monitors and rate of perceived exertion, and demonstrates how these can be used for effective training. Therefore, I do not feel this book and the training strategies are wasted on me for not having a power meter.
I have yet to complete a season of training with this book as a guide, so cannot testify to the guide's overall efficacy. However, it has already provided me with a great wealth of knowledge about making the most of my training hours. I am in the process of devising a training programme, so I'll see how that goes over the coming winter and spring.
Overall, this is a great book for those interested in serious cycling training; perhaps not for those who only ride for leisure and have no intention of competing. by Ross Stringer