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Base Building for Cyclists: A New Foundation for Endurance and Performance

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A cyclist needs to have a strong foundation and a high fitness ceiling before the season even starts. Fundamentals like strength training and skill development take a backseat once race preparation begins in earnest. This is just one of the reasons why Thomas Chapple argues that the success of the upcoming season depends on the extent to which you can build your foundation of aerobic fitness, or your “base,” for the road ahead.

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Overview

A cyclist needs to have a strong foundation and a high fitness ceiling before the season even starts. Fundamentals like strength training and skill development take a backseat once race preparation begins in earnest. This is just one of the reasons why Thomas Chapple argues that the success of the upcoming season depends on the extent to which you can build your foundation of aerobic fitness, or your “base,” for the road ahead.

Whatever your goals as a cyclist, early season training should focus on broadening the aerobic base and building cycling-specific strength and skills. In effect, this builds a bigger, more efficient engine to help you reach higher intensities later in the season. Chapple’s guide for cyclists extends beyond the vital pre-season months, establishing the strong foundation that leads to improved overall fitness and speed. A stronger base makes a stronger, faster, cyclist.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931382939
  • Publisher: VeloPress
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 265,880
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Chapple is a licensed elite-level USA Cycling and USA Triathlon coach. He has competed at the national level in downhill mountain bike racing, and regionally in road and track. Since he started coaching in 1997, he has enabled competitive athletes to advance from the local ranks to placement at national and world championships.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Joe Friel     ix
Introduction     xi
The Cyclist's Engine
Energy Sources     3
Energy Delivery     11
Weight and Health Management     25
Diagnosing the Engine
Fitness Assessment     37
Training Zones     67
Fitness Elements     73
Planning Your Training Year
Measuring Training Load     97
Training Plan     111
Training Blocks     131
Daily Training Log     139
Building a Stronger Engine
Endurance     149
Strength     189
Efficiency     211
Training the Mind for Competition     243
Advanced Fitness Elements     253
Resources     259
Performance Testing Guidelines     263
Sample Base Training Plans     267
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms     287
Glossary     289
Index     293
About the Author     304
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  • Posted May 20, 2009

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    OK, so here I am, a 50-something guy who hasn't done squat to stay in shape since the Reagan administration. I stopped drinking, gave up smoking and have traded these beloved addictions for a fitness addiction. Got my bike fixed up, started riding again, and decided to look into getting some solid training guidance so I don't die a premature death by, say, deluding myself into thinking I can cover 50 miles in 2 1/2 hours (like I could in the Carter administration). Went out and bought a bunch of cycling training books, all of 'em good, but I wish I'd gotten this one first. If you're starting anew and afresh, trying to make a comeback and defy middle-age and the spectre of death, this is the one that will convince you to start out slooooow and easy and to do that for a loooooong time, so you can make nice, steady progress without burning out or hurting (or offing) yourself. This book goes into lots and lots of technical detail as well, explaining all the various parameters of cycling performance: heart-rate zones, power meter-based training, diet, nutrition, and training plans. Well-written and well-organized, up-to-date. Sensible stuff for someone like me.

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