With fall upon us cyclists might have some time to slow down and do some reading. VeloPress has announced two new books that are must reads for serious enthusiasts, and include the Coach Joe Friel Simplifies Power Meters with New User Guide for Cyclists and Triathletes; and Chris Carmichael’s Updated Time-Crunched Cyclist Offers More Ways to High Speed.
Both are available now from Amazon.com.
Chris Carmichael’s Updated Time-Crunched Cyclist Offers More Ways to High Speed
Elite cycling coach Chris Carmichael has updated and improved his best-selling book The Time-Crunched Cyclist: Fit, Fast, Powerful in 6 Hours a Week. With this new edition, cyclists can get fit faster with 8 time-crunched training programs for road racing, cyclocross, mountain bike events, Gran Fondos, century rides, and multi-day tours-all in under 6 hours a week. The book is now available in bookstores, bike shops, and online. Preview The Time-Crunched Cyclist at www.velopress.com/crunch.
Through his popular endurance coaching service, Carmichael noticed that many busy cyclists are unable to make performance gains using conventional training methods; they simply don’t have enough time to train. Carmichael Training Systems developed a new approach-the Time-Crunched Training Program-to help cyclists achieve competitive fitness and power without the impossible time demands of traditional training methods.
The Time-Crunched Cyclist shows cyclists how to build fitness on a realistic schedule by tapping the power of high-intensity interval workouts. Cyclists learn the science behind this alternative approach to training before performing the CTS field tests to get a baseline reading of their fitness.
8 comprehensive training plans include effective time-crunched workouts, nutrition guidelines, and strength training to develop the speed and endurance for a wide variety of cycling races and events. New programs for this second edition bring cyclists up to speed for cyclocross racing, mountain bike endurance rides, and show bicycle commuters how to turn their twice-a-day rides into effective time-crunched workouts.
Cycling is more fun when you are fit, and now great fitness is achievable for cyclists who thought their best performances disappeared with their free time.
The Time-Crunched Cyclist: Fit, Fast, Powerful in 6 Hours a Week
By Chris Carmichael and Jim Rutberg
Paperback with charts and tables throughout
6″ x 9″, 272 pp., $19.95, 9781934030837
Chris Carmichael was an Olympian and a professional cyclist before beginning his career as a coach and best-selling author. He was recognized as the U.S. Olympic Committee Coach of the Year and was inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in 2003.
Jim Rutberg is the editorial director and a coach for Carmichael Training Systems, and co-author, with Chris Carmichael, of The Ultimate Ride, Chris Carmichael’s Food for Fitness, Chris Carmichael’s Fitness Cookbook, The Carmichael Training Systems Cyclist’s Training Diary, 5 Essentials for a Winning Life, and innumerable web and magazine articles. His work has appeared in Bicycling, Outside, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, VeloNews, Inside Triathlon.
If you don’t know how to use it, a power meter is just an overpriced cycling computer. Joe Friel’s new book The Power Meter Handbook makes understanding a power meter easy. In his friendly user guide to power meters, the most trusted coach in cycling and triathlon offers a simplified approach to using a power meter for road cycling, triathlons, time trials, century rides, and Gran Fondos. The Power Meter Handbook is now available in bookstores, bike and tri shops, and online. Preview the book at www.velopress.com/power.
Coach Joe Friel Simplifies Power Meters with New User Guide for Cyclists and Triathletes
Friel’s approach to power meters can immediately improve a cyclist’s speed and power. After learning Friel’s recommended ways to set up a power meter for specific uses, riders will master the basics and learn their key power numbers. By focusing on the most important numbers, cyclists and triathletes will discover hidden pockets of power, find ways to improve their pacing, and find out how many matches they can burn on any given day.
The Power Meter Handbook includes weekly training schedules to prepare more efficiently for road racing, time trials, triathlons, and century rides. Riders will match their training to their upcoming race or event schedule and push their power envelope step by step. Friel explains how to sift through noisy data to find the numbers that matter, pinpointing fitness changes to peak predictably for key events. Friel’s 12 power-based workouts will build up a rider’s power profile through aerobic endurance, muscular force, sprint speed, and climbing ability.
Power meters aren’t just for racers anymore. Friel’s Power Meter Handbook makes it easy for any cyclist or triathlete to find new speed with cycling’s most effective training tool.
The Power Meter Handbook: A User’s Guide for Cyclists and Triathletes
Paperback with charts and tables throughout
6″ x 8″, 240 pp., $16.95, 978-1-934030-95-0
Joe Friel is the best-selling author of The Cyclist’s Training Bible and The Triathlete’s Training Bible and is a cofounder of TrainingPeaks, the most popular training software platform. As one of America’s most trusted coaches, he has trained national athletes and represented the United States at world championships. Learn more at www.TrainingBible.com.