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Old 09-05-07, 03:37 PM
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Must-have training books, DVDs

Any advice on building a basic library of training materials? I do HR-based training, so no need for power-training guides just yet.
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Any advice on building a basic library of training materials? I do HR-based training, so no need for power-training guides just yet.
It depends what level of fitness are you, and what are your goals?
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I'm interested in this as well. Performance is having another one of their monthly 15% off sales and I'm thinking of grabbing a wind jacket for morning/fall riding, a HR monitor, and possibly a spinervals or CTS dvd.

Any feed back for a good first DVD would be much appreciated.

I'm probably going to be using the DVD with rollers, but I'm looking to build up strength and endurance at higher HRs.
I'm helping re initiate the cycling club on campus and I want my school to start racing again next fall. So the goal is to be race worthy by next fall.
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w/ a month your going to have started a thread about almost everything...

get the bible and ur done...
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w/ a month your going to have started a thread about almost everything...

get the bible and ur done...
Or this.
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I just finally picked up Friel's Bible. I'll be reading Coggan's Power book next, in prep for my move to training with power.

So far, I'm liking Friel, but I'm really just getting started.

I've also read Carmichael's Training for Coaches (or something like that) that is a collection of essays from other coaches and guys like Hincapie. Pretty cool book with a lot of great tips -- but nothing to construct a program with.

Before that, I hadn't read anything since LeMond's Complete Book of Cycling. There were a few key paragraphs in that huge book that have been cornerstones of my training for 15 years, and have served me well when I actually apply myself.
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It depends what level of fitness are you, and what are your goals?
Used to be a decent rider (strong climber), took an 8 year hiatus and back now, 25 lbs heavier, but stronger. The weight is (slowly) coming off and I am hoping to keep the power where it is.

My goal is to be better than Ryanf.
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I just finally picked up Friel's Bible. I'll be reading Coggan's Power book next, in prep for my move to training with power.

So far, I'm liking Friel, but I'm really just getting started.

I've also read Carmichael's Training for Coaches (or something like that) that is a collection of essays from other coaches and guys like Hincapie. Pretty cool book with a lot of great tips -- but nothing to construct a program with.

Before that, I hadn't read anything since LeMond's Complete Book of Cycling. There were a few key paragraphs in that huge book that have been cornerstones of my training for 15 years, and have served me well when I actually apply myself.
Bingo - that's it. I need something that I can build a program with.
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Bingo - that's it. I need something that I can build a program with.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/1931...3D#reader-link

u can lead the horse to watter...
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Even if you don't have a powermeter (yet), read Andrew Coggan's book on training with power. It will change your whole perspective on riding. For me it actually reduced my training time (now riding less but much more effective).

I also love Spinervals DVD's for my trainer. I use them mostly in the winter and on rainy days but occasionally I even use them for specific, focused training sessions when the weather is nice out. They are very effective, fun to do and they make training time go fast for me (even on the trainer).
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Eddy B's book, while dated is still worthwhile to give you some perspective of where the rest of this stuff evolved from.
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these guys have given the Friel book a bit of a pasting

http://www.cyclingforums.com/t423908.html

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This book tells you all the secrets you need to know on how to become a better rider.

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these guys have given the Friel book a bit of a pasting

http://www.cyclingforums.com/t423908.html
+1 I just read the first couple posts in that thread and agree with them based on the portion I've read so far. I didn't want to go into a big Friel critique until I read the whole thing though. My impression is that it's too much detail to possibly be accurate across a wide range of cyclists. Work up to a squat of 320? That was my 2nd set weight when I first started lifting, and I suck at climbing Maybe that quote is out of context -- haven't gotten there yet.

I also agree with the post about the training chapter in LeMond's book (as I said above in this thread). Real solid gold there.

I do feel that I'm in line with Friel, and from what I've heard, Coggan too, regarding volume. I've been doing wonderful things with the 6 brief hours I've carved out of my schedule, and it has left my motivation very well balanced.

I'm looking for some new techniques and drills, and to catch up on the vocabulary of modern coaching a bit. I don't think I'm going to tear down my current program for anything, as I have seen continual and significant improvement for probably 22 months now. I think Friel and Coggan will have some reinforcements and new tidbits for me, so I will continue reading.

I'm especially interested in ramping up on the power interpretation and utilization. I think I'll be able to tweak my current program to integrate power, without a complete overhaul.
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