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Is it just me or.......(3 posts)

Is it just me or.......cyclejim
Nov 22, 2001 11:09 AM
Is Friels "Cyclist Training Bible" just a little bit intimidating?? I got it a couple months ago planning to use it to train starting in December and have been reading through it and it was so comprehensive and detailed I really couldn't handle it. It seems like too much work...yes I know it wouldn't be worth a damn if it was too easy but sheesh. I guess I might be more geared to something like Lances/CC book which gave me plans I could just follow blindly. I did get some pretty good results using the 7 week plan outlined in Lances book, and I had hoped to get a huge jump with Friels book.

Anyone else out there had problems getting started with Friels book?
re: Is it just me or.......Lone Gunman
Nov 22, 2001 3:01 PM
It's sort of like eating an elephant, you got to do it one bite at a time. Your numbers probably won't change alot year to year so you may only need to do the hard understanding part once. If you look at Friels from an overall standpoint it is confusing. If I remember correctly, in using the table on pg36, figure the range where you will be training. This means you need to test yourself and figure out where the LT is located for you, all well explained. Then figure the # of hours you plan to train for the year and of course he explains why hours and not miles. Then create the plan in spreadsheet form and be mindful of where you are in the plan, which macro. And it was so simple to just get on the bike and ride the damn thing before all the science stuff started...
re: Is it just me or.......Thorman
Nov 23, 2001 6:51 AM
I have also just read this book in preperation for racing as a Cat 5 next year and did find it a little overwhelming.

I am now in the process of reading some of the chapters again to get a better understanding of how to create a training program.

I have also signed up for the training program at http://www.trainingbible.com. Creating the custom program is made very easy by using this electronic system. They have a number of programs ranging in price from $36 for 3 months to $99 for a year.

I would suggest reading some of the chapters a couple of times to get a better understanding. It is fairly complicated if you read it from start to finish just once. I have found that setting up my plan on the website has helped me a great deal. It's really a reasonable price compared to Carmichael's program and a few others I've looked at online.

This is a comprehensive program and it seems to produce results from what I've read about it. I'm planning on taking it one step at a time and learning as I go. Good luck!