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The Time-Crunched Cyclist: Race-Winning Fitness in 6 Hours a Week, 3rd Ed. (The Time-Crunched Athlete) Paperback – March 7, 2017
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"It's very hard: a) to put this book down and b) not to pick up a useful amount of beneficial knowledge from it." ― TheWashingMachinePost.net
"With the training plans, nutritional information, case studies, race and ride tips, success stories and more, The Time Crunched Cyclist certainly gave me new hope that I would be able to train well to truly enjoy the sport that I love. If you are, like me, a cyclist with too little free time on your hands, I would definitely recommend that you buy and read this book." ― BikeWorldNews.com
"A major overhaul from previous editions… Very well laid out… An easy read and expanded from 262 pages to 430 pages…A good book with sound research and science that is made easy to understand. Any time-crunched cyclist can come up with their own plan to fit their schedule and have fun racing." ― CrossBikeReview.com
"Carmichael explains superbly in the book how a training program which features shorter but higher intensity training coupled with good recovery periods can deliver spectacular results." ― Roadcycling.co.nz
From the Back Cover
THE FASTEST RIDE TO RACE-WINNING FITNESS
The Time-Crunched Cyclist will put you at the front of the pack in just six hours a week.
That’s right: Six hours a week on this revolutionary plan will rebuild your competitive fitness and help you regain race-winning form.
Criteriums, road races, Gran Fondos, gravel grinders, century rides, or the fall cyclocross series―the Time-Crunched Training Program will boost your recovery, rev up race-winning speed, improve power, and help you go the distance.
This new edition includes:
• Integration with Strava tools to track and sharpen your training
• New Gran Fondo, Gravel, and Ultraendurance Mountain Bike plans
• The Time-Crunched diet to shed pounds and improve power-to-weight
• Energy-packed recipes from award-winning chefs Michael Chiarello and Matthew Accarrino
• New guidelines for hydration and stress management
• Race-winning tactics to make the most of your cycling strengths
Capture your best performance in the time you have right now. Let The Time-Crunched Cyclist show you how to develop competitive speed, power, and endurance for top results.
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Paperback : 440 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1937715507
- ISBN-13 : 978-1937715502
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.92 x 9 inches
- Publisher : VeloPress; 3rd edition (March 7, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #103,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I primarily race MTB (enduro, DH) but also am trying out some road racing this year. I love to race bicycles of all kinds, but also have a job and a life too. I don't have 12+ hours a week to dedicate to just training, and when I do have large blocks of time to ride - I am on a mountain somewhere. The programs in this book contain the perfect amount of volume to get better by training with the road bike, without taking away time I need on the mountain bike, too. It's a necessary evil, as it's not possible to ride mountain bikes every day with my lifestyle. Plus, it opens up doors for me to perform in road races too. It's a win win.
About the value - the kindle version is INSANELY cheap for the amount of different training plans you get. The book comes with multiple 11 week training plans for different disciplines (crit, cyclocross, MTB, century/gran fondo, gravel, ultra-endurance MTB, even commuting) recovery plans, endurance blocks, etc. that contain absolutely all the information you need to be successful. You can easily pay $20, $40, even $100+ for just ONE plan on TrainingPeaks. For a few bucks here, you get enough to effectively last you forever if you like the methodology.
YOU DO NOT NEED A POWER METER. Whoever said that didn't even read the chapter. All you have to do before the training program is run a baseline test so you can make sense of the effort assignment for the interval work, then it's just set and forget. That can be done with power OR heart rate. It helps, but you can still do the workouts with just a heart rate monitor. If you don't have one of those, yes you're SOL - but then again, if you don't have a means of monitoring heart rate good luck following any sort of structured training plan. $20-$50 is all you need to get one of those.
Oh, and for the person complaining about not seeing the plans in the kindle version - zoom in with your browser. It's that simple.