The Cyclist's Training Bible

The Cyclist's Training Bible : The World's Most Comprehensive Training Guide

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The Cyclist's Training Bible is the bestselling and most comprehensive guide for aspiring and experienced cyclists.

Joe Friel is the most trusted coach in the world and his proven cycling training program has helped hundreds of thousands find success in the sport. Joe has completely rewritten this new 5th Edition of The Cyclist's Training Bible to incorporate new training principles and help athletes train smarter than ever.

The Cyclist's Training Bible equips cyclists of all abilities with every detail they must consider when planning a season, lining up a week of workouts, or preparing for race day.

With this all-new edition, Joe will guide you to develop your own personalized cycling training program and:

Train with the right intensity and volume
Gain maximum fitness from every workout
Change your training plan over the course of the season
Make up for missed workouts and avoid overtraining
Build muscular endurance with a new approach to strength training
Improve body composition with smarter nutrition

The Cyclist's Training Bible is the world's most trusted guide to cycling training. Get stronger, smarter, and faster with this newest version of the bible of the sport.

What's New in this fifth edition of The Cyclist's Training Bible?

Coach Joe Friel started writing the fifth edition of The Cyclist's Training Bible with a blank page: the entire book is new. This new edition adds emphasis to personalizing training plans, incorporates new power meter techniques, improves on ways to develop technique, updates the strength training approach, speeds recovery for busy athletes, and cuts through the noisy volume of training data to focus athletes on the numbers that mean the most to better performance.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 215 x 279 x 25mm | 566g
  • Boulder, United States
  • English
  • 5th edition
  • Two-color interior. Tables, charts, and figures throughout.
  • 1937715825
  • 9781937715823
  • 15,948

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Inside this all-new Cyclist's Training Bible, Joe Friel--cycling's most experienced personal coach--presents the latest discoveries in cycling science, data analysis, daily planning, and skills development to help you create a personal training plan for success. Whether you are training for road races, criteriums, time trials, or gravel races, or you just need to improve your climbing, sprinting, endurance, or recovery, The Cyclist's Training Bible covers it all, including:

- Power Meter Metrics: Put cycling's most advanced science to work during every training session.

- TSS-Based Training: Use the Training Stress Score to gauge training load and build a superior training plan.

- Personalized Planning: Create a custom training program to capitalize on your strengths and minimize your limiters.

- Field Tests: Evaluate progress and improve your training focus by performing Functional Threshold Power, Functional Aerobic Capacity, Sprint Power, Time Trial, and Functional Threshold Heart Rate tests.

- Timing Your Peak and Taper: Shed training fatigue while maintaining fitness in the lead-up to your key races.

- Planning a Season: Joe Friel's most advanced and comprehensive tools will help you create a winning daily, monthly, and yearly training plan.

- Strength Training: Develop climbing and sprinting power with targeted exercises on the bike and in the gym.

- Cycling Workouts: Follow detailed workouts to build aerobic endurance, muscular force, speed skill, muscular endurance, anaerobic endurance, and sprint energy.

JOE FRIEL is an internationally recognized expert on endurance training with more than 30 years of personal coaching experience. His revolutionary approach to training and clear instruction have made The Cyclist's Training Bible a world-wide best-seller. Joe is also the author of Fast After 50, The Power Meter Handbook, and The Cyclist's Training Diary. He holds a master's degree in exercise science and is the cofounder of TrainingPeaks.
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Joe Friel is arguably the most experienced personal cycling coach in the U.S., and his book The Cyclist's Training Bible has become, well... the Bible of the sport. -- Bicycling magazine

Joe Friel is one of the world's foremost experts on endurance sports. -- Outside magazine

The Cyclist's Training Bible will have you systematically training just as world-class cyclists do. If you scrupulously follow its guidelines, I'm confident your racing performance will dramatically improve. -- Tudor Bompa, PhD

To say that Joe Friel knows a thing or two about how to ride a bicycle and stay fast would be a severe understatement. -- Road Bike Action

I find Friel's book a treasure of information for cyclists of all levels. -- Andy Hampsten, 1988 Giro d'Italia winner, 1992 Tour de France stage winner at Alpe d'Huez

One of the most trusted coaches in triathlon. -- LAVA magazine

Nothing else comes close to The Cyclist's Training Bible's comprehensive approach to planning out a season, creating a training schedule and incorporating diet and resistance training to an overall plan. --

Packed with worksheets, charts, visuals and a dense index and references for further reading, The Cyclist's Training Bible is an arsenal of encyclopedic information for ambitious riders. --

The Cyclist's Training Bible has become a cyclist's best chance at achieving their goals. This is the ultimate manual for growth as a cyclist. --
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About Joe Friel

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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