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Old 08-05-04, 06:23 AM   #1
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Carmichael's New Book

Just wondering if anyone has read Chris Carmichael's Food for Fitness . I heard an interview with him last night on XM and it sounded like a good book. I'm not one for health books just wondering how it is in comparison. He seemed to be pretty realistic in terms of average cyclists and easy ways to improve performance.
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I haven't read it, but what is XM?

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XM is satellite radio. What channel were you listening to to hear the Carmichael interview? I skimmed through the book at Barnes and Nobles last weekend. It looks pretty in depth almost too in depth IMO.
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To be honest...I think it was ESPN radio but I'm not 100%. I'm worried that it might be info overload. I liked his Armstong performance book. I just want to make a simple low prep eating plan (who doesn't) and wonder if this will fit the bill. I live out in the boondocks and I do all my book buying off Amazon so I don't get the benefit of thumbing through it at B&N (lucky dog). Thanks for your opinions.
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I just bought the book but haven't read it yet. I can say, however, that I have a lot of faith in what he says. I trained with CTS last year and my cycling improved dramatically. His "less pain, more gain" approach really worked. His book, "The Ultimate Ride" is darn near a spitting image of the training plan you purchase from them, sans coach of course. The only thing i thought his program lacked was good nutrion information...I'm hoping this new book of his will take care of that area well.
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Just wondering if anyone has read Chris Carmichael's Food for Fitness . I heard an interview with him last night on XM and it sounded like a good book. I'm not one for health books just wondering how it is in comparison. He seemed to be pretty realistic in terms of average cyclists and easy ways to improve performance.
My wife picked up after the TDF and it is a decent book about nutrition. Pretty straight forward with some in depth but not over the top information.
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Picked it up a couple of days ago. Skimmed/read through a couple of chapters fairly closely and it looks pretty good so far.
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Keep us posted on what you think of the book when you finish it.
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Good book - has great practical advise - incorporates the fact that most of us have careers and run companies or have jobs and thus different priority each day.
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I wonder why his training system is based on HRmax and not HRreserve or Lactate Threshold?
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I've read most of the book, and its not bad at all. This assumes of course that you can stomach his constant pushing of CTS and PowerBar every other page without barfing.
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I have read the book. It is pretty informative, but as is the problem with all such books it is very general and will require much extrapolation to make the information useable to any one individual. Lots of good info though. I thought it was kind of a slow read, but it is probably worth a glance for anyone interested in the subject. One caveat: BE PREPARED FOR SHAMELESS PRODUCT PLUGS
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I have the book and think it's well worth the read. I like to cook and some of the recipes in at are very good and fairly easy to prepare. I described it to some friends as healthy eating on steroids. Eat lots of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables; avoid empty calories in sugar loaded drinks and cereals; get most of your calories from complex carbohydrates rather than meat or fat.
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