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Advice on training guide book please?(4 posts)

Advice on training guide book please?jjdbike
Oct 6, 2003 6:45 AM
Hello & thanks for reading this long post. I just finished my 1st full season as a roadie. In previous yrs I have trained & raced MTB using Marty Friel's Mountian Bike Training Bible. I liked how that book delt w/everything from ride scheduals to weight lifting & included assessments & nutrition info. Unfortunatly it led me to overtrain. A coach told me that he knew several mtb'rs who had a similar experience. I am a kinesiology student & a fitness professional and therefore am relitivley knowledgeable about training, peridisation, nutrition, etc., but I like the convienence of simply pluging in my parameters & following "the plan." This past yr I rode w/ a local club in B rides & was one of the fastest. I did some club TT's & again was one of the fastest. This comming season I want to try more competetive races & to train smarter by following a "plan." I went to the book store & found 1/2 dozen books that looked like they might fit my needs. What cycle race/training book would you folks recomend for me?
Thanks again for reading my long post & for any advice!
re: Advice on training guide book please?innergel
Oct 6, 2003 7:34 AM
If you liked the Friel MTB book, you'll probably like the road book as well. Cyclist Training Bible by Joe Friel. Should be perfect place to start.

I use Smart Cycling by Dr. Arnie Baker for my winter training. Excellent 12 week indoor trainer workout series. Lots of info about bike fit, etc. but the book is worth the price for just the trainer workouts.
Check out - lots of good books there... nmBowWow
Oct 6, 2003 10:15 PM
re: Advice on training guide book please?Ash
Oct 8, 2003 6:07 AM
Performance Cycling by David Morris
-Amazon, B&N
his web page is

This is just my personal opinion, but I've tried Friel's system, and others and the Morris philosphy works the best given my limited time schedule (married, two kids, full time job, house, home improvement, etc)

He has been involved in the use of power in training for many many years, and is an exercise physiologist that has also worked at the Olympic Training Center.

The book is brand new, up to date on the latest in training and backed by research results.

The training can be very hard, but only as hard as you can accommodate, and there is a ton of rest built into the program to avoid the overtraining/burnout.

It's broken down in to a yearlong periodized approach just like many of the others.

Anyway, again, just personal opinion, but it has worked wonders for me and many others at the mtbr training forum.