- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Velo Press (1 June 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1884737714
- ISBN-13: 978-1884737718
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2 x 27.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 567 g
- Customer Reviews: 55 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mountain Biker's Training Bible Paperback – 1 June 2000
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Joe Friel is the most trusted endurance sports coach in the world. He is the best-selling author of The Triathlete's Training Bible, The Cyclist's Training Bible, Fast After 50, Going Long, Your Best Triathlon, The Power Meter Handbook, and Your First Triathlon. His TrainingBible Coaching service is one of the most successful and respected in endurance sports.
Joe has trained endurance athletes since 1980, including national champions, world championship contenders, and Olympic athletes in triathlon, duathlon, road cycling, and mountain biking.
He is an elite-certified USA Triathlon and USA Cycling coach and holds a master's degree in exercise science. He conducts training and racing seminars around the world and provides consulting services for corporations in the fitness industry. He has also been active in business as the founder of Ultrafit, an association of coaching businesses; TrainingPeaks, a web-based software company; and TrainingBible Coaching.
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Easy to understand and including all essential ingredienses in a serious training plan.
Il libro insegna a migliorare se stessi, abbandonando le voci e i suggerimenti di amici con dubbia esperienza ed affrontando l'allenemento scientificamente ma con facilità!
It is supposed to be aimed at novices through to pro's. Well, the novice mentioned must be a novice racer and not just a novice rider, as this book went way over my head. All I wanted was to be more efficient (in technique such as pedalling and diet). This book mainly covers how to be a mountain bike racer with guides on how many hundreds of hours training are required, weight workouts, etc.
I'm sure someone who is a racer will find this book very useful and give it 5 stars, but for the majority of weekend warriors then this book is not for you.
The first part of this book has helped me better understand and apply what I already knew about physiology to what is actually happening when I ride. He then leads you through a self-assessment section.
Later in the book he provides his methodology for breaking the year into training periods specifically designed around A, B, and C priority races. How to train for them addressing your weaknesses and how to peak for the A priority events.
Probably of most use to me were sections later in the book addressing the older rider and the less experienced rider. I'm 46 and have been riding seriously for less than two years. I started riding just for enjoyment and to gain fitness. Two years ago I would never have expected that mountain biking would become such a huge part of my life. After reading this book I have come to realize that there are people much older than me still enjoying mountain biking and even competing.
This book doesn't really apply to me yet because I have no experience in competition. I think you need at least a season of actual competition before you would be able to complete his self-assessment to honestly determine your weaknesses.
This book is a wonderful resource for anyone wanting to take their riding to the next level. If you can't afford a coach, this is the way to learn how to be your own coach.
The main reason I bought this book was so I could create my own training plan for next season. It has helped so far but creating the plan has been a lot more work than I anticipated. (As a side note, I recently found TrainingPeaks.com which can also automate the process of creating a training plan.)
In addition to the training plan, Friel offers insight on motivation and ability that I found valuable. An excellent question he proposes is, "Why do you want to race?"
He also includes chapters on how to break down your season into periods to maximize training and fitness, which ultimately serve to allow you to peak for you race. I like his adage,"Do the least amount of the most effective training at the appropriate times." This is advice I can get behind.
I've read through the book twice now and am still trying to grasp some of the concepts. One of the biggest questions you can ask yourself as a racer is " What are my top 2 or 3 goals for next season?"
Also included are chapters on off-season training, resting and recovery, and nutrition.
This book will really get you thinking about where you stand as a racer and even about your racing skills and philosophy.
Ultimately, I hope it will improve my race results while preventing overtraining. I am about 1/3 of the way through drafting my training plan for next season so it should be interesting to see how everything translates from the written word to actual practice.
If you're wanting to give self-coaching a shot, I highly recommend this book.
When I'm not riding, I'm reading about bikes so I'm a little biased.