Performance Cycling: Training for Power, Endurance, and Speed

Performance Cycling: Training for Power, Endurance, and Speed

by David Morris


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Your personal best is about to get much, much better. In Performance Cycling, David Morris provides you with the revolutionary training methods favored by elite cyclists around the world to maximize speed, strength, and endurance in preparation for major competitions. This comprehensive program integrates the practical knowledge Morris gained as a physiologist for the U.S. Olympic Committee with the latest scientific research and findings in nutrition and the demands of competition. Whatever your age or current level of ability, this cutting-edge guide supplies cyclist-tested techniques for making your body stronger, faster, and tougher.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071410915
Publisher: Ragged Mountain Press
Publication date: 06/12/2003
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Cycling and Science Come of Age1
Part 1The Human Body
1.Anatomy of the Machine5
Muscular System
Digestive System
Endocrine System
Cardiovascular System
2.Fuel for the Machine13
Energy Production
Digestion and Metabolism of Macronutrients
Energy Pathways
Macronutrient Needs
Micronutrient Needs
Questions and Answers
3.Testing and Evaluation29
Maximal Oxygen Consumption Test (VO[subscript 2] Max Test)
Lactate Threshold, Maximal Steady State, and Maximum Sustainable Power Output
Wingate Anaerobic Test
Are Blood Tests Necessary?
Questions and Answers
Part 2Training Plans
4.Training Philosophies47
Assessing Current Abilities
Setting Goals
5.Formulating a Training Schedule55
Prescribing and Monitoring Workout Intensity
6.Choosing Workouts61
Core Workouts
Block Training
7.Preseason Training: the Four-Phase Plan67
The Four-Phase Approach
Phase 1Resistance Training
Phase 2Aerobic Endurance
Phase 3Supermaximum Sustainable Power Intervals
Phase 4Maximum Sustainable Power Intervals
Questions and Answers
8.Training During the Competitive Season97
Becoming a Stronger Rider: Developing Power during the Competitive Season
Specializing for Types of Events and Peaking for Races
9.Should You Hire a Coach?117
Evaluating Your Needs and Expectations
Evaluating a Potential Coach
Part 3Training Aids
10.Ergogenic Aids123
Evaluating Ergogenic Aids
Reviews of Potential Ergogenic Agents
Other Potential Ergogenic Aids
Questions and Answers
Afterword: Directions for the Future146
About the Author164

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