Hello and welcome to Fast Talk! Cycling can be a fickle sport. Coaches come and go; new, exciting, revolutionary ways of training take the sport by storm then grown stale; riders at the local training race who were once unbeatable age and fade from the front. Few things have permanence in this sport. This spring Joe released his fifth, and hopefully not the last, edition of the book.
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Printed in the United States of America. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 1. F E-mail velopress insideinc. Tudor O. Bompa is considered the ''father of periodization. In , while on the faculty of the Romanian Institute of Sport, I was asked to coach one of the country's young and promising javelin throwers.
As I looked at the "traditional" training programs at the time, I came to realize that something was missing in the way athletes were trained. Everyone followed the "ancient" program of preparatory, non-specific training during the winter, followed by the competitive phase during the summer and a transition during the fall.
Later on, the Russians even called this "periodization. Later, I called this the "periodization of strength" and the "periodization of endurance. Today, these systems, along with periodization of training for young athletes, are used by most top athletes in Europe and are gaining popularity in the United States as well. In The Cyclist's Training Bible, Joe Friel has carefully provided the competitive road cyclist with all of the tools necessary to design and employ a periodization program following the principles I have laid down.
He didn't come to this level of expenise by accident. I have spent time with Joe and know him as a very knowledgeable and masterful coach and teacher who is an authority on periodization. Unlike many other training specialists, Joe has spent many years trying different types of periodization and training schedules to determine what works best for cyclists and other endurance athletes. If he were in Eastern Europe, he would be called a "master coach.
The Cyclist's Training Bible is perhaps the most comprehensive and scientific book ever written on training for road cycling, and yet it is also practical and easy to follow.
This book will have you systematically training just as world-class cyclists do. If you scrupulously follow the guidelines presented here, I'm confident your racing. At the risk of leaving someone out, here is a list of those who have helped me produce the concepts and, ultimately, the most recent version you now hold in your hands: Bob Anderson, Gale Bernhardt, Dr.
Tudor Bompa, Ross Brownson, Dr. I want to especially thank the many cyclists with whom I have worked during my twenty-some years as a coach. They were often my "lab rats" as new ideas for training came to me, or they asked the right questions at the right times.
Chief among them was my son, Dirk Friel, who throughout a long and successful career as a pro cyclist continually gave me feedback on what did and didn't work for him. My wife, Joyce, whose unconditional support and love as I pursued my dream for more than two decades, contibuted immeasurably to making this book a reality. It was my first book and I expected it to sell a thousand copies or so.
My intent was not to sell a lot of books, but rather to record for my own edification how to train for bike racing. Having been a teacher, I knew that the best way to ensure that you really understood a subject was to teach it to someone else. That's what The Cyclist's Training Bible was all about originally. Seven years after conceiving the idea for a training book, I am contacted daily by curious riders from around the world with challenging questions; two other books have sprung directly from it The Triathlete's Training Bible and The Mountain Biker's Training.
Bible ; a Web site www. I am overwhelmed by its success. This is the third edition of The Cyclist's Training Bible and there have been many revisions. There is not a single chapter that was left unaltered and many were significantly changed. The reasons for these changes have to do with the accumulated advances in science that provided a greater understanding of issues and with my personal growth.
Over the years I have continually tried slight changes in the training of the many athletes I've coached. Some of these produced variations in what I have found to work. Other changes. Athletes are as eager to understand how best to train for peak performance today as they were in the early s when the concepts of this book were developing.
They continue. While much about this book has changed for the third edition, there is one constant as described in the original prologue: "I offer this book with the hope that it will make you a better racer and that one day you will return the favor by teaching me something you learned along the course.
How is it best to train during the weeks of my most important races? How many miles do I need before starting speed work? Is it okay to ride the same day I lift? How long should my recovery rides be? What can I do to climb better?
These are a few of the questions I hear from cyclists nearly every day. The athletes who ask these questions are intelligent and curious people-much like you, I'll bet. They have been riding and racing for three or more years, seeing substantial improvements in fitness merely from putting in the miles and competing in races.
In the first two years, the competition was fun and they finished well in races. But now they've upgraded and things are different. They can no longer expect to improve by just riding a lot and begin to train harder only to find out they have more questions than answers.
The purpose of this book is to provide options for solving training questions in order to help you achieve racing success. The answers aren't always as simple and straightforward as you might like them to be. While the science of training has come a long way in the last thirty years, training is still very much an art.
The answers to most training queries I receive almost always start with: "It depends. It depends on how much time you have to train.
It depends on what your strengths and weaknesses are. It depends on when your most important races happen. It depends on your age. It depends on how long you've been seriously training.
I'm not trying to be evasive, but I want to make sure you understand that there usually is more than one way to solve a training problem. If you asked ten coaches to answer the questions that started this introduction, you'd get ten different answers. All could be right, as there's "more than one way to skin a cat" or train a cyclist. My aim in this book is to assist you in answering your own questions. To that end, The. Cyclist's Training Bible builds on ideas and concepts presented in each chapter.
Following the chapter-by-chapter progression will help you understand the "whys" of my training methods. In Part I, the self-trained cyclist's need for commitment and a common sense training philosophy are detailed. Chapter 1 describes what it takes for success in cycling, other than physical talent. Chapter 2 proposes a way of thinking about training that more than likely runs counter to your tendencies. I hope the 10 Commandments of Training cause you to occasionally stop reading and reflect on how to train intelligently.
Part II lays the scientific foundation for the remainder of the book by describing generally accepted concepts that guide the training process in Chapter 3. Chapter 4 takes the most critical aspect of training, intensity management, and teaches you how to do it.
With the ready availability of powermeters since the first edition of this book there is a revolution going on in how we perceive and monitor the intensity of training.
Be prepared to rethink what you know about this important topic. Part III addresses the idea of training with a purpose and offers a framework for accomplishing that purpose. Chapter 5 shows you how to test your strengths and weaknesses, while Chapter 6 tells you what the results mean in terms of racing.
Here, I take you through the same process I use in designing a year-long training plan for an athlete. Chapter 7 provides an overview to the planning process. Chapter 8 describes the step-by-step procedures of planning in a workbook format.
By the end of this chapter, you will have determined where you're going in the race season and how you will get there. Chapter 9 puts the cap on the process by showing you how to schedule workouts for the season and, more specifically, on a week-to-week and daily basis.
It also suggests workouts. If you're doing a stage race during the season, be sure to read Chapter 10 before completing your Annual Training Plan. Chapter 11 offers examples of other cyclists' Annual Training Plans with discussions of the thinking behind their design. You may find in Chapters 8 and 9 that skipping forward to this chapter for examples is helpful in designing your plan.
Part V addresses several other aspects of training that affect the annual plan. The importance of strength training for cycling and how to follow a periodized plan is explained along with illustrations of exercises in Chapter Chapter 13 shows how stretching can benefit cycling performance. Training concerns specific to women, masters, and juniors are detailed in Chapter If you are in one of these special groups, it may help you to read this chapter before beginning the planning process in Chapter 8.
The Cyclist’s Training Bible
The original version was published more than 20 years ago. It had been edited three times over the years. Last year my publisher suggested it was time to edit it yet again. I balked at that as editing it could end up being a more daunting task than rewriting it from scratch.
Fast Talk, ep. 50: Unpacking the gospel of Joe Friel’s new ‘Training Bible’
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Inside this all-new Cyclist's Training Bible , Joe Friel--cycling's most experienced personal coach--presents the latest discoveries in cycling science, data analysis, daily planning, and skills development to help you create a personal training plan for success. Whether you are training for road races, criteriums, time trials, or gravel races, or you just need to improve your climbing, sprinting, endurance, or recovery, The Cyclist's Training Bible covers it all, including:. His revolutionary approach to training and clear instruction have made The Cyclist's Training Bible a world-wide best-seller. He holds a master's degree in exercise science and is the cofounder of TrainingPeaks.
Cyclist's Training Bible : The World's Most Comprehensive Training Guide