“The Cyclist’s Training Bible” by Joe Friel – Chapter summaries

I was recommended The Cyclists Training Bible by Joe Friel by a guy I know who is a local professional in his city, and he said that if he were to recommend one book about cycling training, this was it. I decided to read this book and write down what I learned from it.

The book attempts to answer questions such as:

  • How should I schedule my workouts?
  • How is it best to train during the weeks of my most important races?
  • How many miles do I need before starting speed work?
  • Is it okay to ride on the same day that I lift?
  • How long should my recovery rides be?
  • What can I do to climb better?

Different experts would each have their different answers to these questions, because there is more than one way to solve each training problem. This book aims to present ideas and concepts such that why the answers are the way they are. I’ll attempt to summarize my learnings chapter by chapter. Each link will be updated as each summary becomes available.

  • Part I – Mind and body
  • Part II – Training fundamentals
    • Chapter 3 – Basic training concepts
    • Chapter 4 – Training intensity
  • Part III – Purposeful training
    • Chapter 5 – Getting started
    • Chapter 6 – Preparing to race
  • Part IV – Planning your season
    • Chapter 7 – Planning overview
    • Chapter 8 – Planning a week
    • Chapter 9 – Planning alternatives
  • Part V – Stress and recovery
    • Chapter 10 – Training stress
    • Chapter 11 – Fatigue, recovery, and adaptation
  • Part VI – The competitive edge
    • Chapter 12 – Muscular force training
    • Chapter 13 – Tapering to race
    • Chapter 14 – The training diary

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