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Base Building for Cyclists: A New Foundation for Endurance and Performance Paperback – January 1, 2007
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Sound, detailed and correct. This isn't a "cycling for dummies" type book where you open it to a given page, do some canned workout, and magically win your next Cat 4 race.
Start reading it after Thanksgiving, plan through the holidays, and execute.
I've read this book cover-to-cover, and applied Chapple's philosophies. My cycling endurance and speed has improved, I lost another 8 lbs of unproductive body fat, and I got even more excited to get on the saddle and out on the road.
Chapple's approach is simple: Riding hard all the time will not improve your cycling performance. He proposes a program of training that starts out slow and builds from there. How you train depends on what areas you need to improve. I needed to build my endurance, and learned to ride slower to train my body to burn fat using carbs for the fire, rather than just burning the carbs. Results: longer rides and faster speeds after a few weeks of progressively harder rides (and no more over-extending and getting sick!)
It's an interesting book in that you're way past page 100 before you get to the training plans. He spends a lot of chapters giving you the background you need to develop your own program. This is good - you understand what to eat and when, how to balance aerobic and anaerobic training, where strength training fits in and what exercises to do, and how your body processes food for your muscles. He does all this in a very readable form. To me, this is outstanding.Read more ›
-The beginner level is aimed at people who haven't been training regularly at all. I found the cardio portion to be too slow. I actually lost fitness over the winter from having to keep my heart rate down to such low levels.
-The weight training is too fussy. You're better off following the Friel book and keeping your exercises basic and to the point. Doing all sorts of moves on the ab ball won't make that much of a difference during the season.
One of the best parts of this book, however, are the training charts. You can just photocopy the sample training programs and you're good to go. The authors do a great job of distilling the information into concrete programs that are easy to follow.
I've found the best way to use this book is as a companion book to The Cyclist's Training Bible. With both books together, you would have all the information you need to set up a successful structured training program.
On a recent 100 mile ride, riding at a lower perceived exertion rate than I ever have, I finished slightly faster than last year, *and* feeling refreshed. I credit all the base training I did this year following the plan in the book with my success.
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Nothing really new if you been around cycling for a few years and read a few. If you are new to the sport (e.g. first ride yesterday), it's worth while.Published 2 months ago by JKC
For the long distance riders who need to build that foundation or base as they call it.Published 7 months ago by Dennis Fernandez
Very detailed guide to the foundation aspect of cycling training. Use it with Friel's Cyclist Training Bible.Published 9 months ago by Bookworm
Does not get into the so what factor easily. This subject could be written about so much betterPublished 17 months ago by Robert F.
This is an outstanding book and I'm riding better than ever before. I approached base training seriously for the first time this year. Read morePublished on August 1, 2014 by Ben Connor
I have just started to read this book and the Part 1 is really very important information and knowledge every cyclist planning to performe the best need to know.Published on May 19, 2014 by Ricardo Chang Herrera
This is a step by step guide to building a good base. It is a bit technical for the recreational cyclist (me) who tackles an annual challenge. Read morePublished on March 7, 2014 by Suzanne Conroy