Lance Armstrong Program: Performance Program 7 Weeks to the Perfect Ride

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A TRAINING PROGRAM SO SIMPLE, IT'S LIKE RIDING A BICYCLE...WITH THE BEST IN THE WORLD!

In 1999 the world watched spellbound as Lance Armstrong achieved one of the most dramatic comebacks in sports history, winning the grueling Tour de France just three years after being diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer. Lance's return road to glory took courage, determination, and a top-notch training program. Now Lance's winning strategies-- developed with coach Chris Carmichael-- can...

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A TRAINING PROGRAM SO SIMPLE, IT'S LIKE RIDING A BICYCLE...WITH THE BEST IN THE WORLD!

In 1999 the world watched spellbound as Lance Armstrong achieved one of the most dramatic comebacks in sports history, winning the grueling Tour de France just three years after being diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer. Lance's return road to glory took courage, determination, and a top-notch training program. Now Lance's winning strategies-- developed with coach Chris Carmichael-- can be yours, too! Whether you're a cycling novice or a competitive racer, The Lance Armstrong Training Program will teach you how to:

* find the right bike for your body
* know when to brake (only as a last resort!)
* corner, climb, and descend like a pro
* develop your explosive power to sprint
* incorporate cross-training into your schedule
* build necessary mental toughness...
* and much more!

Simple and focused, Lance's proven program will transform you into the rider you want to be-- in just seven weeks!

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How did Lance Armstrong transform himself from a victim of a seemingly terminal illness into the winner of the two successive Tour de France races? Needless to say, all of the answers to that question can't be compressed into a single book or a training regimen. But The Lance Armstrong Performance Program claims only to present the practical nutritional guidelines and specific training techniques that helped enable the Austin-based cyclist to peddle his way to the front; advice that America's twenty five million bicyclists might appreciate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579542702
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong was ranked the #1 cyclist in the world in 1996. After his thrilling comeback victory at the1999 Tour de France, he was named the 1999 Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year and The Most Fascinating Person of 1999 by Barbara Walters.

Chris Carmichael has been Lance Armstrong's personal coach since the early 1990s. A former world-class cyclist, he was named the 1999 Coach of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee.

Peter Joffrey Nye is a cyclist and professional writer.

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IntroductionI discovered cycling as a youngster growing up around Dallas. Too young and too small to drive a car, I could still go anywhere I wanted for miles and explore new places on a bicycle. I delighted in the thrill of sharp acceleration downhill, felt the wind in my face, rejoiced at the force on my arms and body from leaning around corners at speed, and thrived on the euphoric sensation that a good workout and honest sweat delivers. I loved riding in the countryside, past fields of bluebells, and smelling the flowers, or ozone in the air before the rain fell. Perhaps the greatest appeal came from exerting control over how fast and where I could go. As a Texan, I tried playing football, but it wasn't for me. For several years, I swam competitively, and ran track and cross-country. From there, it was a short step to competing in triathlons. But what I really loved was cycling, and I quickly connected with bicycle road racing. I liked the sense of friendship and community that comes from riding with others. Every bicycle racer, from Category 5 entry level up, dreams of winning the Tour de France. Recreational cyclists have dreams, too, such as completing a challenge ride like a century or the Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. Meeting my coach, Chris Carmichael, in 1990, when I had more ambition than skills, started me on the road to success. He helped me realize my dream f actually winning the Tour de France. Chris, who is wise as a tree full of owls, impressed upon me the value of patience. I had to learn the principles of training, sharpen essential skills (from pedaling more efficiently to shifting and braking), and master techniques such as cornering and sprinting. These all take time to become second nature. How much time? Well, that depends on as many factors as there are individuals. Overall, there is no quick fix. Popular TV infomercials promise great results with 15-minute workouts just three times a week. In reality, it takes commitment and motivation. Throughout the 1990s, except for the year I took off to recover from cancer, I worked full-time at cycling. Yet I had entered the Tour four times between 1993 and 1996, and finished only once. You could say that it took me a decade to win the 3-week 1999 Tour. Early in my career, many "cycling experts" had typecast me as a 1-day racer. They said I would never win a major multiday race like the Tour de France. My victory supports the belief that anything is possible if you are willing to stick to your dream and keep trying. Realizing a dream, such as mine of winning the Tour, takes patience. Given time and persistent application, we can all improve. That is what Chris told me back in 1990- and he still tells me that. He says the program is not so much winning as riding better now than before. Of course, learning how to train and improving my skill shave made my cycling safer and more enjoyable. Everything in this book is based on my experience, and is meant to help not only elite riders but casual cyclists as well. I still love to go for a spin under the open sky, smell the flowers, hear the birds, and feel the wind on my face. So come on, get your bike and join me for a ride. Lance Armstrong
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Table of Contents

Foreword v
Introduction xv
Part 1 The Promise of Cycling
1. The Appeal of Two Wheels 3
2. Cycling Equipment 10
3. Essential Maintenance and Repair 23
4. Riding Position 35
5. Rules of the Road 47
Part 2 The Carmichael Training System
6. The Heart of Training 59
7. The 7-Week Success Plan 68
8. Training Techniques and Workouts 80
9. Recovery 90
10. Strength Training 100
11. Eat for Health and Performance 113
Part 3 Essential Skills
12. The Power of Pedaling 131
13. Shifting and Braking 138
14. Road Hazards 143
15. Group Riding 149
16. Riding Out the Weather 156
Part 4 Techniques to Ride like a Pro
17. Mental Toughness 167
18. Cornering 174
19. Climbing 179
20. Descending 188
21. Sprinting 193
22. Time Trialing 204
23. Lance in Action 215
Photo Credits 225
Index 227
About the Authors 239
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2002

    A great place to start

    This book is a good place for beginners to find information . For those serious roadies out there; sorry this isn't for you (unless you are a lanceaholic). It is a good read while you are recovering. To my friend in Tn; go to school, and pay attention! Get hooked on phonics...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2002

    outstanding

    Im an amiture cyclist and lance's book really helped me start slow get on a good diet and really build up mucle but even though im only 16 his book helped me before i couldnt go 20miles on my bike now i do 20+ miles a day its a good book for an amiture bike rider lookin to start

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2001

    Interesting only

    I found the book intersting, personally I did not find anything that was new or amazing. If you are a keen cyclist, ride with other roadies, belong to a club, and read cycling magazines then you would find nothing new in this book. If however you are starting out and need info then this book would be helpful. I also found the book a bit of a promotional/sales tool for Chris and Lance (Even if Lance is my favourite pro cyclist) especially after reading the book 'Its not about the Bike' and was so inspired by Lance and his attitude that I ordered and read this book and it fell short of my expectation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2004

    Now I Know

    I liked it very much now I know what I should do when I race, it has taught me a lot of stuff that is really vital when in a middle of a race.

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