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The Ultimate Ride [NOOK Book]

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Chris Carmichael has trained many of the world's best cyclists, and now he offers his invaluable training tips, cutting-edge workout programs, and state-of-the-art exercises to help readers find their ultimate ride. In this book, he gives riders of all abilities an insider's guide to getting fitter, faster, and on to the champion's platform.

With photographs and illustrated exercises, The Ultimate Ride helps build a strong foundation for ...
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Overview

Chris Carmichael has trained many of the world's best cyclists, and now he offers his invaluable training tips, cutting-edge workout programs, and state-of-the-art exercises to help readers find their ultimate ride. In this book, he gives riders of all abilities an insider's guide to getting fitter, faster, and on to the champion's platform.

With photographs and illustrated exercises, The Ultimate Ride helps build a strong foundation for incremental leaps in fitness, times, and techniques. Nutritional advice, goal-setting methods, and mental exercises complement the physical training tips, to make this the only cycling fitness book an enthusiast will ever need.
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Editorial Reviews

The Wall Street Journal
...the user-friendly principles that work for Tour de France riders work just as well for a recreational athlete... June 27, 2003
Publishers Weekly
Carmichael, Olympic coach and trainer, is probably best known for training cyclist Lance Armstrong, winner of four consecutive Tour de France championships. Here, Carmichael offers a sound approach for serious cyclists wanting to improve their abilities, compete more successfully and train without incurring injuries. The well-organized book begins with Carmichael talking about his background and then explaining the Carmichael Training System (CTS), a pyramid where people first set goals and then work through various stages of training. The chapter on diet will be useful to marathoners as well as cyclists; but the chapter "Tools of Training" on specific bike workouts such as HighSpeedSprints and FoundationMiles will be of interest only to serious cyclists. Illustrations are of Armstrong and other athletes coached by Carmichael, and the writing is clear and persuasive without being excessively inspirational. For example, the author states, "Before you can chase your dreams, you must know exactly what they are and where you are in relation to them. You must also have the courage to make your own rules and not allow yourself to be governed by perceived or imposed limitations." This is a first-rate guide for cyclists who compete or race and should also appeal to professionals who work with athletes such as coaches or physical therapists. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The Ultimate Ride is a training manual written by a world-famous cycling coach, while Need for the Bike is a literary love letter to cycling written by a cultural attach /avant-garde writer. Despite their differences, the books beg to be read together: the first offers a comprehensive guide to better riding, the second reminds you of why you choose to ride at all. An Olympic coach and trainer best known for his work with Lance Armstrong, Carmichael shares his expertise with a comprehensive look at the Carmichael Training System (CTS). He offers helpful information on goal setting and nutrition but also includes more technical discussions of training, pathomechanics, and data collection aimed at serious cyclists and trainers. Each element of CTS gets ample discussion offering specifics like intensity, volume, and frequency, and Carmichael does a good job of explaining the rationale behind each strategy. This title will have broad appeal to anyone who wants to "ride like Lance." On the other hand, Fournel's Need for the Bike will appeal not only to serious cyclists but also to aspiring cyclists and anyone who appreciates well-written reminiscences. Fournel, the cultural attach at the French Embassy in Cairo and member of the avant-garde writers' group Oulipo, shows his love of language and cycling in this book of vignettes organized around five broad categories: "The Violent Bike," "Bike Envy," "Need for Air," "Pedaling Within," and "Spinning Circles." Whether he is discussing run-ins with car doors or the childlike wonder of a first bike, Forunel writes with an attention to detail and image that elevates and connects. Both titles are recommended for public libraries and sports/fitness collections.-Mari Flynn, Keystone Coll., La Plume, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101117965
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,224,349
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Chris Carmichael is an endurance coach and adviser to Olympic athletes and teams around the world. He is Lance Armstrong's personal coach, as well as coach to athletes of all levels. During 1997 and 1998, Chris dedicated his time and talents to shaping Lance Armstrong's return from cancer to professional racing. In 1999, he founded Carmichael Training Systems (CTS) to bring quality coaching to elite athletes and active people alike.



 



"I would not be a six-time Tour de France champion without [Chris Carmichael]." —Lance Armstrong


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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1. From the Ground Up 4
The Founding of Carmichael Training Systems 10
How to Use This Book 14
The CTS Pyramid of Success 15
2. Foundation for Success: Your Mental Preparation for Achievement 23
The Six Misconceptions of Mental Training 24
Fine-Tune Your Mental Fitness 26
Confidence: The Most Important Mental Skill 27
Goal-Setting 30
Dream Goals 34
Confidence-Building Goals 36
Action Goals 38
Imagery/Visualization 40
Stress Management 45
3. On the Road: Building Your Foundation of Success 50
Exercise Physiology Basics 51
The Organization of Training 54
The Five Principles of Training 55
The Five Workout Components 61
Periodization 66
About the Periods 72
There Is No Off-Season 81
4. Tools of Training 82
Performance/Fitness Testing 83
The CTS Field Test 84
How to Train with Heart Rate 88
How to Train with Power 92
CTS Workouts 94
Flexibility 113
Recovery 115
5. Going the Extra Mile 120
Resistance Training 120
Training Indoors 130
The Next Tool in Endurance Training: Altitude Training to Improve Performance 134
Training Blocks 138
Foundation Period Training Examples 140
6. Reinforcing Your Training Program 142
The Art of Group Riding 143
Handling Skills: Your Bike as an Extension of Your Body 150
Handling Road Conditions 160
Cycling Position 163
The Right Clothes for All Conditions 183
Tailoring Your Training to Races 187
Preparation Period Training Examples 193
7. A Champion's Nutrition Plan 196
Performance Nutrition vs. Basic Nutrition 196
Quality Fuel = Quality Workouts 198
Nutrition Before Training/Competition 211
Nutrition During Training/Competition 213
Nutrition After Training/Competition 214
Carbo Loading: Traditional 217
Dietary Supplements (Non-Food) 219
8. Putting It All Together 229
Field Test to Confirm Progress 231
Confidence-Building Activities 232
Using Training Diaries to Track Progress 233
Using Your Training Diary 236
Overreaching vs. Overtraining 237
Avoiding Overtraining 242
The Role of a Coach 244
The Keys to a Successful Specialization Period 246
Specialization Period Training Examples 247
9. Peaking: One More Step to Go 250
Training in the Peaking Process 253
Nutritional Considerations 255
The Psychology of Peaking 258
Illness, Injuries, Burnout 259
Wrapping Up the Peaking Process 266
Peaking Process Training Examples 267
10. The 100% Ready Athlete 270
The Character of the 100% Ready Athlete 270
Competing as the 100% Ready Athlete 275
You Can't Win If You Don't Sprint 278
Finish It Off Right 285
Nutritional Considerations for the 100% Ready Athlete 286
Equipment Check 290
The Feed Zone 293
Competitive Envy 295
How Long Can You Remain 100% Ready? 296
11. After the Peak 300
Coping with Success 302
Learning from One Race to the Next 305
Sports Psychology Worksheets 308
Acknowledgments 321
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  • Posted September 22, 2009

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    Solid, but due for an update.

    Now 5 years old, this training manual for cyclists was published just around the time that power meters and use of power measurement as guides to training were coming into more day-to-day use by amateur and recreational cyclists. As such, these areas do not get the detailed coverage they would if this book were written now. To his credit, Chris Carmichael cites other well-known sources (see my other recommendations) that provide everything one needs to know in 2009. Aside from this, it is a very well-written book from one of the most expert cycling trainers in the world. His newer book for "Time-Crunched" cyclists is excellent, too, but The Ultimate Ride outlines his more classic, no-shortcuts methodology.

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  • Posted May 24, 2009

    Good training book

    Chris Carmichael has coached Lance Armstrong for quite some time; a fact that you will not forget if you read the book. This book contains a program that when followed properly will make you a stronger cyclist. It is a great way to get introduced into self coached interval and period training and more importantly peaking. If you have a big event that you need to train for, you will be able to be sucessful if you follow the training programs contained in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2006

    If you want to learn cycling, come here

    Chris covers the entire gamut of cycling from a road cycling point of view. I've been riding for many years and have had things work and not work. The way the workouts and their sequencing is presented takes care of any doubt the rider may have on doing the right thing. I'm not saying that they are rigid but if the self-coached athlete has any doubt of his ability to interpret what is given, being rigid with the concepts works very well. I have to tell you that some of those workouts will require you to tilt your bike a lot in order to dismount. I have been really toasted on numerous occassions. Great work Chris, thanks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2005

    Good but Friel is MUCH better

    This is a good book with a lot of good information, but it falls short of equipping you to prepare your own training plan. Instead it errs on the side of promoting the CTS coaching services. After reading this book, I learned about The Cyclist's Training Bible by Joe Friel from my local bike club. The Ultimate Ride is Friel-Lite and lacks a lot of the details found in the Friel book that are useful in putting together your own plan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2003

    In Plane English

    I've trained with CTS for two years. During that time one of my biggest frustrations was the ability to grasp an understanding of some of the technical aspects of the program. This book is an excellent supplement to the training manual of the CTS system. It puts the program into perspective and guides you through each phase of training in understandable terms. I would highly recommend this book to anybody. I have also been able to apply some of the principles to my everyday life with a little bit of initiative.

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