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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Velo Press; Original edition (June 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193403018X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030189
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gale Bernhardt has coached and instructed athletes since 1974. An elite-certified USA Cycling Level I Coach, she has also served as the Chairperson of the USA Triathlon National Coaching Committee for five years. Bernhardt was selected to be the USA Triathlon team coach at the 2004 Olympic Games and has traveled the world as a USA Triathlon World Cup coach. Bernhardt is the bestselling author of Bicycling for Women, Training Plans for Multisport Athletes, Triathlon Training Basics, and Workouts in a Binder®: Swim Workouts for Triathletes.


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Helping endurance athletes succeed is Gale's primary business goal; she can help you achieve your goals. Whether you are training to complete an event or compete at an event, you can use the same training principles that elite athletes use to improve your fitness. Gale makes it easy to succeed with her books and ready-to-use training plans for several different event distances and athletic goals.

Gale's first Olympic experience was as the personal cycling coach for an individual cyclist at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Her athlete won the 2000 USA Cycling Pro National Championship race, which was also an Olympic team selection event. Winning this event meant a secure spot on the 2000 Olympic team.

In 2004 Gale was selected from a small number of top coaches to be the 2004 USA Triathlon Olympic Coach for both the men's and women's triathlon teams for the Athens, Greece Olympic Games. This honor was in addition to the selection by USA Triathlon to serve as the 2003 Pan American Games Coach for both the men's and women's teams.

Gale has instructed or coached athletes since 1974. She has a BS degree from Colorado State University, is certified as a Level I Coach by USA Cycling and a Level III Coach by USA Triathlon. These are the highest certifications available in both sports. She was among the first, small, group of Level III triathlon coaches certified. She served on the USA Triathlon National Coaching Committee from 2000 to 2006. She served as the committee chair-elect, immediately after joining the committee and went on to serve as the chairperson for five consecutive years.

She served as one of only a select, few USA Triathlon World Cup coaches. Her success and experience lead her to being selected as a World Cup Coach for the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Sport Development squad. She has worked internationally for the ITU as a World Cup coach and presenting at coaching clinics and corporate team championships.

You can find plenty of supplemental information to help you succeed in her books Training Plans for Multisport Athletes, Triathlon Training Basics, Bicycling for Women and Training Plans for Cyclists.

Gale created the Workouts in a Binder(R) product line and co-authored the first edition of Workouts in a Binder(R) for Triathletes, which quickly sold-out four printings. These handy workout cards help athletes and coaches optimize workouts and are waterproof to prevent destruction from water, sweat and dirt. This product line is constantly expanding to include new workouts and new authors.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jbillsander on July 15, 2009
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This book is a comprehensive guide to training for different types of long distance biking. It covers the basics such as bike styles gear and diet. It includes a detailed training schedule that is explained with simple easy to understand concepts. Ive been following the training plan for 4-5 day ride. I am very pleased with this book.
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The plans included in this book are very well done. I'd recommend them to anyone looking for a starting point in planning out their yearly training.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Cartos Corporation on April 5, 2010
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I bought this book in preparation for a long race mid-summer. The early setup chapters introducing the idea of a training plan, bike fit, nutrition, etc, all looked pretty good. The actual training plan looks promising too.

Unfortunately, the actual plan matrices themselves (ie, which workout on which day of which week) -- seem to be expressly designed to annoy. Each day's workout expressed in a short 2 or 3 letter "code". The codes are not at all mnemonic, and they must each be looked up at the back end of the book. And... once you find the right section to look them up in, things aren't alphabetical.

In short, the training-matrices are so poorly laid out that you should plan on spending at least an hour re-writing the one you're interested in, while cross-referencing between the plan pages & the appendices. Frustrating.
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