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Old 04-04-08, 08:43 AM
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Any must have training books?

Looking to get more out of my training/riding. I do not have a power meter but have a computer with cadence and HRM if that's of any help. What would be recomended to help improve performance?

I am looking at "The Cyclist's Training Bible by Joe Friel"

Is it anygood?

I also plan on getting "Training and Racing with a Power Meter by Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan" even though I don't have a power meter yet. I do plan to get one but probably not that soon.

Any other highly recomended training books?
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Both of the books you listed are really good.

Serious Cycling by Ed Burke is pretty good.
High-Performance Cycling by Jeukendrup is interesting in that it is a compilation of several "experts"
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I like Smart Cycling by Arnie Baker. It has some good trainer workouts. I hope to shelve this one and the trainer for awhile now the weather has turned.
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http://www.pccoach.com/products/book...ingtactics.htm
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Friel's book is great, I highly recommend it. Although, buyer beware here - he specifically states that if you're in your first year or two of training you don't need to, and shouldn't follow his book - you just need to get on the Eddy Merckx training plan and "ride lots."

Training and Racing with a Powermeter is good if you're considering purchasing one as well.
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Originally Posted by wanders View Post
I like Smart Cycling by Arnie Baker. It has some good trainer workouts. I hope to shelve this one and the trainer for awhile now the weather has turned.
+1 on this book. My copy is over 10 year old. He has another one called Cycling Medicine which is also good.

+1 on racing and training with a power meter too.

My Friel bible is so old and dogearred the pages are falling out.
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Chris carmaichel's "Ultimate ride" isn't that specific, but I found it much easier to read than Friel or Baker. For the overall concept of periodization and "big picture" ideas, I'd recommend carmaichel. (probably misspelled)
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I find the current version of the Joel Friel book .. umm... lets just say a bad read.


Here are a few good e-books you can check out:

http://www.roadbikerider.com/booksto...eBooks________
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I found 'Base Building for Cyclists' by Thomas Chapple to be a good read. Not super pertinent for this time of the year but it has some good information. He subscribes mostly to the Friel school of base training. While I don't agree with some of the concepts it was educational none the less.
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Originally Posted by wfrogge View Post
I find the current version of the Joel Friel book .. umm... lets just say a bad read.


Here are a few good e-books you can check out:

http://www.roadbikerider.com/booksto...eBooks________
Well, it's not supposed to be pulp fiction...do you take issue with his methodology or the manner of delivery?
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Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus View Post
Well, it's not supposed to be pulp fiction...do you take issue with his methodology or the manner of delivery?
Both


When I read that book it feels like I got sucked into a time warp and its 1979. Just dont buy into how he structures a year and the terms he uses are confusing compared to what I learned though other endurance sports.
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Originally Posted by wfrogge View Post
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When I read that book it feels like I got sucked into a time warp and its 1979. Just dont buy into how he structures a year and the terms he uses are confusing compared to what I learned though other endurance sports.
I'll buy the confusing terms, and leave the base training bickering for another day
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Originally Posted by brianappleby View Post
Chris carmaichel's "Ultimate ride" isn't that specific, but I found it much easier to read than Friel or Baker. For the overall concept of periodization and "big picture" ideas, I'd recommend carmaichel. (probably misspelled)
Get one of Charmichael's books if you want to read something that has every 10th word trademarked. Also, for every sentence about training, you get to read a sentence about how he helped Lance Armstrong win the TdF a bunch of times.

I think Coggan/Hunter's book is the best training book even if you don't use a power meter. Freil's is good for helping to set up a yearly training plan.
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