The Cyclist's Training Bible, 3rd Edition by Joe Friel

By Joe Friel

The Cyclist’s education Bible is designed to aid amateurs create a coaching plan and refine the talents had to reach the game. Divided into 5 components, the publication covers dedication and customary feel, normal innovations, education with a goal, designing a yearlong plan, and sensible suggestions for enhancing education. Dozens of pictures, charts, tables and worksheets are featured during this version that comes with 25 percentage new and up to date fabric.

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33 INTENSITY INTENSITY Every time I suffer I'm a better man because of it. —LANCE ARMSTRONG Recreational CyCliStS generally believe that the more miles they ride the better they will race, regardless of what they do with those miles. To some extent they are right, as there does seem to be a threshold of miles or hours that a given athlete must ride in order to boost fitness to a sufficient level to race well. But once beyond that threshold, adding more miles has less benefit than increasing the intensity.

Stay away from big packs that take over the road and are unsafe. You want to get faster, not get killed. Use groups when they can help you. Otherwise, avoid them. Commandment 6—Plan to Peak Your season plan should bring you to your peak for the most important events. I call these "A" races. The "B" races are important, too, but you will not taper and peak for these, just rest for three to four days before. "G" races are tune-ups to get you ready for the A and B races. A smart rider will use these low-priority races for experience, or to practice pacing, or as a time trial to gauge fitness.

Even well-established and proven practices may not be applicable given your unique set of circumstances. Some things may not work for you although they do for others. Before getting scientific, I want to explain a few basics about training for cycling. T h e s e may be so elementary that they seem evident, but I'll describe them just in case. N o one starts out at the top. Many of those who get there make it because they are more patient than others. Training has a cumulative effect from year to year.

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