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I can't believe I bought Friel's book ! ...(2 posts)

I can't believe I bought Friel's book ! ...HouseMoney
Jan 5, 2004 2:34 PM
I'm an avid mtn biker who bought a road bike in Nov '02 to use for cross-training. I raced mtb in '00 to good success and whenever I'd read all those posts on mtbr about Friel's Bible, target heart rate, zones, watts, blah, blah, blah, I'd think, "The minute I have to become married to a strict training routine, screw it, it's not fun anymore!"

Well, first, I find myself riding my road bike more than my mtn bike (the rb is a Cannondale, the mtb is a Turner, so that's saying a lot). Then, my girlfriend got me the Tacx Ergo trainer for xmas that I wanted. Between that (cadence, speed, hr, power, etc.) and my new heart rate monitor, I'm turning into an info junkie. This past weekend we were in a local bookstore and while browsing the bike section I saw Friel's book. Needless to say, I scanned a few pages and bought it. OK, I admit it, I'm a convert!

This upcoming season will be my 1st racing road (Cat 5) and I'll probably re-enter the mtb race scene (Sport 40-49). It's actually fun to challenge my body with some quantifiable data! I'll still get smoked on the road, but at least I'll have a better idea why!
it worked for me a few years backstinkyhelmet
Jan 6, 2004 1:52 PM
I bought it when I was 30 years old and a 1st year cat 5 in Colorado. Upgraded to cat 4 within around 10 races, cat 3 at the end of the season. Followed the program another year and upgraded to cat 2 my 2nd season. I came from a decent running and soccer background so had a good endurance base from running and interval base from soccer. I stopped following the program in detail after I upgraded to cat 2. I now only follow the periodization part of the training and the weight lifting program for winter (legs only), that's about it. I now race 35+ or cat 2 races and haven't looked at the book for a couple years now. Remember it is a guideline only. You can modify it here and there where you need it. I think it will help you. Good luck. Friel autographed mine, "Train smarter, not harder."