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Old 04-16-09, 08:56 PM
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Which Friel book?

I am on a tight budget and am trying to get in shape for a race in June. I just was gifted a heart rate monitor and am interested in getting a bit more scientific with my training. I did a forum search and read about the Cyclist Training Bible by Joel Friel which sounds like it is highly recommended. I would rather only get one book and since the only special equipment I am going to have is the heart rate monitor (as opposed to a power meter for example) I am tempted by his other book, Total Heart Rate Training. Any thoughts on this?

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Old 04-16-09, 09:07 PM
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Get the CTB 3rd edition as it is by far the best cycling book you can buy.

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Old 04-16-09, 09:21 PM
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It's called the Bible for a reason!

Friel FTW
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Originally Posted by fordfasterr View Post
Get the CTB 3rd edition as it is by far the best cycling book you can buy.

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Better than the widely available 4th edition?
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Friel. Not that my site doesn't have a link for it through Amazon...that...helps...me....

I suck at being a shill....
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april is a great time to start training for a race in june
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Originally Posted by heads up! View Post
Better than the widely available 4th edition?

damn. Ok, off to Amazon I go !!!

I wonder what has changed since the 3rd ed... =)
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Originally Posted by MDcatV View Post
april is a great time to start training for a race in june


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P.S. Friel, (for your 2010 race season).
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Total Heart Rate Training is not as comprehensive as 'The Bible', but it is more comprehensible. If you're only going to get one of them, then flip a coin. I use both. While they have the same philosophy, then say things in slightly different ways. It's good to be able to cross-reference.
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Originally Posted by Belgian Cobbles View Post
I am on a tight budget and am trying to get in shape for a race in June. I just was gifted a heart rate monitor and am interested in getting a bit more scientific with my training. I did a forum search and read about the Cyclist Training Bible by Joel Friel which sounds like it is highly recommended. I would rather only get one book and since the only special equipment I am going to have is the heart rate monitor (as opposed to a power meter for example) I am tempted by his other book, Total Heart Rate Training. Any thoughts on this?

Thanks, as always!
I picked up both from my local library... if that helps.
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Old 04-17-09, 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by tbrown524 View Post
I picked up both from my local library... if that helps.
This quote made me laugh! If you lived in DC you would be laughing with me. I used to live in Seattle and apparently I really took the local library system for granted. I never imagined it could be as bad as it is here. That is a good tip though I wish I could take advantage of the advice.

Thanks for all the thoughts y'all. I think I am going to pick up the bible and hope for the best. There must be some heart rate stuff in there right? I really am just looking for the basics.

Thanks again!
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I've got a click through link to Amazon for the bible on my commercial site under the training section....


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I'll go one better. And this may cause a disturbance in the force. Go read some of the training articles on Bicycling Magazine's web site. Especially the "6 weeks to race fitness" kind of articles. Would I structure a career or even a season around them? No. But is it much more understandable and the path of least resistance to gaining a training program for an event in June? Yes.

And god help me, I'm going to provide a link. 12 steps to winning a P/1/2 race in 6 hours a week

OK, I editorialized the link name but the gist is throw in some intervals so you can go faster.
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