30 03 2011

As an experiential learner, I learn by doing. I run, I ride, I learn. Most of what I know about these two disciplines has come from doing them and processing what I’ve just done. But I’m starting to feel like I’m at a stage where I need some expert guidance.

I’m contemplating a swim coach. For my riding and running however, I’m taking a different tack, and have just purchased a couple of “bibles” and unlike the actual bible, these aren’t fiction.

The Complete Book of Long Distance Cycling → Blurb from

From two of the country’s top cycling experts the most comprehensive guide ever to achieving the strength, skills, and strategies you need for long-distance riding. Whether you’re training for day rides, centuries, or cross-country trips, The Complete Book of Long-Distance Cycling helps you choose the right equipment, train step-by-step, and map out your riding strategy so that you can go the distance.Discover how to:

  • Make the most of every hour on your bike
  • Build your mileage base efficiently
  • Customise your training to suit your personality and physical capabilities
  • Build extra training time into your hectic schedule
  • Avoid injuries and the dangers of over-training
  • Achieve the mental edge you need to ride farther and faster
  • Train for both road and off-road touring
  • Choose cycling gear that goes and goes
  • Eat for the long haul– nutrition before, during, and after your rides

To help you achieve your riding goals, The Complete Book of Long-Distance Cycling gives you complete, step-by-step training programs for riding a half-century, century, double century, and beyond. You’ll also find strategies and techniques for special situations, such as riding in bed weather and riding at night. Published by the world’s leading authority on bicycling, this informative guide is a must-have for all cycling enthusiasts.

The Triathlete’s Training Bible →Blurb from

The Triathlete’s Training Bible is the best selling and most comprehensive reference available to triathletes. Based on Joe Friel’s proven, science-based methodology and his 28 years of coaching experience, The Triathlete’s Training Bible has equipped hundreds of thousands of triathletes for success in the sport. The Triathlete’s Training Bible equips triathletes of all abilities with every detail they must consider when planning a season, lining up a week of workouts, or preparing for race day.

With this new edition, you will develop your own personalised training plan and learn how to:

  • Improve economy in swimming, cycling, and running
  • Balance intensity and volume
  • Gain maximum fitness through smart recovery
  • Make up for missed workouts and avoid over-training
  • Adapt your training plan based on your progress
  • Build muscular endurance with a new approach to strength training
  • Improve body composition with smarter nutrition

I’m hoping to get some real benefit from these books.

No early morning ride today on account of the fact that it was raining during the night, so I decided not to wake before dawn (just in case). An 11.6km commute later and my legs are grateful for the rest.

6am start tomorrow followed by spring clean before my wife’s in-laws arrive and so I’ll be bikeless tomorrow too.




3 responses

30 03 2011

The Long Distance Cycling book looks good. I just ordered it too. $13 on Book Depository is not bad! Thanks for the tip!

31 03 2011
Solo Rider

Hi Chris,
Books look good, I went the other path and have premium membership with Cyclo-Core – Graeme Street and found that a better path for me. Are you still looking at doing Fitz’s Challenge in October?

31 03 2011

Certainly going to train hard for it. I’ve got the ATBIAD 210km and the 200km Canola Canter on my October wishlist, so I need to decide exactly which one I’ll do/ It may well come down to family/work commitments, but I’d definitely say a climbing challenge is top priority.

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