The Cyclist's Training Bible by Joe FrielThe Cyclist's Training Bible by Joe Friel

The Cyclist's Training Bible

byJoe Friel

Paperback | March 12, 2009

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Coach Joe Friel is the most trusted name in endurance sports coaching, and hisCyclist's Training Bibleis the most comprehensive and reliable training resource ever written for cyclists.This new edition of the bestselling book includes all of the latest advances in training and technology. Using this book, cyclists can create a comprehensive, self-coached training plan that is both scientifically proven and shaped around their personal goals.

Friel empowers athletes with every detail they need to consider when planning a season, lining up a week of workouts, or preparing to race. This fourth edition includes extensive revisions on the specifics of how to train and what to eat. Friel explains how cyclists can:

  • best gauge intensity with power meters and other new training technology to maximize form and fitness and reduce fatigue;
  • more knowledgeably and accurately make changes to their annual training plan over the course of a season;
  • dramatically build muscular endurance with strength training;
  • improve body composition and recovery with smarter nutrition.

    With more case studies to draw from and multiple contingency plans for those times when training doesn't progress as planned,The Cyclist's Training Biblecontinues to be the definitive guide to optimal cycling performance.

Joe Friel is the most trusted endurance sports coach in the world.He is the best-selling author ofThe Triathlete's Training Bible,The Cyclist's Training Bible,Fast After 50,Going Long,Your Best Triathlon,The Power Meter Handbook, andYour First Triathlon. His TrainingBible Coaching service is one of the most successful and respected in ...
Title:The Cyclist's Training BibleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:330 pages, 10.9 × 8.5 × 0.9 inPublished:March 12, 2009Publisher:VeloPressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1934030201

ISBN - 13:9781934030202

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Tudor O. Bompa, PhD

Prologue to the Fourth Edition



Part I The Self-Trained Cyclist

Chapter 1: Commitment


Attributes of Champions

Chapter 2: Smart Training

Systematic Training

The Ten Commandments of Training

Part II From Lab to Road

Chapter 3: The Science of Training

Physiology and Fitness

Training Stress


Principles of Training

Chapter 4: Intensity

Measuring Intensity

Race-Fit Systems

Multisystem Training

Training Time by Intensity Zone

Measuring Fitness

Fatigue, Fitness, and Form

Part III Training with a Purpose

Chapter 5: Testing

Physical Assessment

Performance Assessment

Applying Test Results


Chapter 6: Racing Abilities


Basic Racing Abilities

Advanced Racing Abilities

Meeting the Demands of Racing

Training of Abilities

Ability Regions

Part IV Planning

Chapter 7: Planning to Race

Training Systems

Training Periods

Periodization Alternatives

Chapter 8: The Training Year

The Annual Training Plan

Changing the Annual Training Plan

Chapter 9: Planning Workouts

Annual Plan Workout Categories

Weekly Training by Period

Weekly Routines

Chapter 10: Stage Race Training

Crash Cycles

The Training Plan

The Race Plan

Chapter 11: Case Studies

Case Study 1: Single-Peak Season

Case Study 2: Lots of Time and Limiters

Case Study 3: Three Race Peaks

Case Study 4: Summer Base Training

Case Study 5: New to Training with Power

Case Study 6: The Aging Athlete

Part V Other Aspects of Training

Chapter 12: Strength

Strength Training Benefits

Getting Started

Strength Training Phases

Seasonal Periodization of Strength Training

Determining Load

Miscellaneous Guidelines

Undulating Periodization of Strength Training

Strength Exercises

Complex Training

Chapter 13: Stretching

Benefits of Stretching

Stretching Models


Cycling Stretches

Chapter 14: Unique Needs





Chapter 15: Using a Training Diary

Planning with a Diary


Chapter 16: Fuel

Food as Fuel

Eating for Recovery

Periodization of Diet

Body Weight Management

Antioxidant Supplements

Ergogenic Aids

Chapter 17: Problems

Risk and Reward





Chapter 18: Recovery

The Need for Recovery

Recovery Periodization

Recovery Time

Recovery Phases

Active Recovery


Recovery in the Real World


Appendix A: Maximum Weight Chart

Appendix B: Annual Training Plan Template

Appendix C: Workout Menu

Appendix D: Race Evaluation Form, Season Results Form, Diary Pages


References and Recommended Reading


About the Author

Editorial Reviews

"Joe Friel is arguably the most experienced personal cycling coach in the U.S., and his book The Cyclist's Training Bible has become, well... the Bible of the sport." — Bicycling magazine "I find Friel's book a treasure of information for cyclists of all levels." — Andy Hampsten, 1988 Giro d'Italia winner, 1992 Tour de France stage winner at Alpe d'Huez "This book will have you systematically training just as world-class cyclists do. If you scrupulously follow its guidelines, I'm confident your racing performance will dramatically improve." — Tudor Bompa, PhD “Nothing else comes close to The Cyclist’s Training Bible's comprehensive approach to planning out a season, creating a training schedule and incorporating diet and resistance training to an overall plan.” — "Packed with worksheets, charts, visuals and a dense index and references for further reading, The Cyclist’s Training Bible is an arsenal of encyclopedic information for ambitious riders." — "The Cyclist's Training Bible has become a cyclist's best chance at achieving their goals. This is the ultimate manual for growth as a cyclist." —