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What training program to use?(3 posts)

What training program to use?mr_anderson4942
Feb 25, 2002 1:35 PM
I am sixteen, and this summer I hope to join a local club of cyclists run by a bike shop nearby. They host races, and I know that I have the motivation to really get my self in shape and do relatively well in competition. I have a bike that will work, and all the appropriate apparel. I also have every intention of training hard, and seeing how well I can do. However, I don't know the first thing about training, and a coach is out of the question. I was hoping I could get some recommendations for training programs to use, or tips as to how to train. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Friel again...shirt
Feb 25, 2002 7:34 PM
Go to amazon and buy this book:
The Cyclist's Training Bible by Joel Friel

Read it.

As you work through the book, you'll be able to put together a good first year's training regimen. Keep in mind that this book is intended for racers who have at least a year's training and racing under their belts. I think Friel recognizes that no first year racer, no matter how dedicated, can learn enough to put everything in this book to good use. But you have to start somewhere and you might as well start with the current state of the art training philosophy which most people (myself included) feel Friel offers.

All other things being equal, and you being 16, my only advice is to ride, ride, then ride some more. Spend as much time riding with those guys from the bike shop as possible. As the months go by and your miles rack up, some of the things in Friel's book will start to make sense...

Good luck!

re: What training program to use?zogpound
Feb 26, 2002 12:58 PM
This website is decent and it's free.