- Taschenbuch: 303 Seiten
- Verlag: Rodale Press (6. Oktober 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1579541992
- ISBN-13: 978-1579541996
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,4 x 2,1 x 581,3 cm
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The Complete Book of Long Distance Cycling: Build the Strength, Skills and Confidence to Ride as Far as You Want (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. Oktober 2000
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A guide to training for distance offers strategies and riding techniques, and explains how to design a training plan, maximize nutrition, avoid injury and overtraining, prepare mentally, build a milage base, and select equipment.
The Complete Book of Long-Distance Cycling
Ride Strong, Ride Long ... Whether Your Goal Is 30 Miles or 3,000
From two of the country's top cycling experts the most comprehensive guide ever to achieving the strength, skills, and strategies you need for long-distance riding. Whether you're training for day rides, centuries, or cross-country trips, The Complete Book of Long-Distance Cycling helps you choose the right equipment, train step-by-step, and map out your riding strategy so that you can go the distance.
Discover how to:
* Make the most of every hour on your bike
* Build your mileage base efficiently
* Customize your training to suit your personality and physical capabilities
* Build extra training time into your hectic schedule
* Avoid injuries and the dangers of overtraining
* Achieve the mental edge you need to ride farther and faster
* Train for both road and off-road touring
* Choose cycling gear that goes and goes
* Eat for the long haul-- nutrtion before, during, and after your rides
To help you achieve your riding goals, The Complete Book of Long-Distance Cycling gives you complete, step-by-step training programs for riding a half-century, century, double century, and beyond. You'll also find strategies and techniques for special situations, such as riding in bed weather and riding at night. Published by the world's leading authority on bicycling, this informative guide is a must-have for all cycling enthusiasts.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Edmund R. Burke, Ph.D., a leading expert on training and nutrition for bicyclists, worked with the U.S. national cycling team at the Olympic Training Center for more than 20 years. An endurance rider, he is currently professor and director of the exercise science program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Ed Pavelka was executive editor of Bicycling magazine for 10 years and of Velo News for 8 years. He has written 20 bicycling books and holds two world records in ultra-marathon cycling. He is director of Internet content for Performance Bicycle in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Some of my fellow group riders had done long distance rides and were able to give me some input. But a lot of their advice amounted to "just get out and ride and you will be fine!" My problem was then and is now that I don't have the time to go 200-300 miles a week every week and I also hoped that it wouldn't take that kind of riding just to be able to enjoy the STP!
So I went online and found several sites that gave tips on prepping for century rides or even for the STP itself. Most of these sites fell into the category of the "quick list of things" you can do. You know, like "10 tips from an STP veteran", which gave some helpful tips to prepare and ride the STP but didn't answer many of my questions on how to train, what to eat, and most importantly, how to make sure I would still be able to sit on my bike saddle on day two of the ride! I needed more in depth coverage of what it takes to train for and ride a century ride.
I found this kind of help in the book "The Complete Book of Long-Distance Cycling" by Edmund Burke and Ed Pavelka. In the book they cover topics in more detail than on any web site. It starts with discussions of how to build a training plan targeted to the type of ride you plan to do. A good discussion of training intensity and heart rate zones leads to an understanding that you are better off with rides of varying intensities to build your base endurance, climbing power and sprinting ability. It is important that not every ride should be ridden at full intensity. Your endurance is better built by riding in heart rate zones 1 and 2. The authors go on to discuss over-training and how it can set you back in your preparations. A cursory review of gear is included that is helpful in getting to know what is out there and what it is called so you can at least converse with other cyclists about their favorite gear.
They go on from there to talk about different types of long distance rides and give specific suggestions on training plans, gear, clothing, food and mental preparations. I found this section useful to read as it helped me prepare for the rides with greater confidence and not feel that I had to take everything with me!
The remainder of the book covers details about various topics. These include a section on Danger Zones, which are the things that can end your ride. Also covered are saddle sores, general body issues and dealing with the elements. Following the suggestions included in these sections allowed me to complete the 200 miles of the STP with no saddle soreness and feeling well enough to ride the bike from the finish line over to my daughter's house. My Selle SMP Lite 209 saddle certainly helped out with that accomplishment!
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to take on a long distance event. Following the information in the book will make your ride much more enjoyable.
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For better or worse, "Long-Distance Cycling" pretty much confirms my prejudice. The training advice boils down to "ride your bike a lot, sometimes at a high level of exertion, but mostly low. Don't train too hard though!" There's a few chapters on selecting equipment, the thrust of which is mostly "buy more expensive bike parts than Alexander Kobulnicky can afford."
Most of their advice is stuff you just figure out on your own: If your digestion suffers, try taking anti-diarrhea medication. Eat and drink as much as you can stomach, but no more. And sometimes it's not really advice at all. If your bike seat is chafing you, they say, try shifting around and sitting in different postures. (Who needs a brainstem when you have a book like this?)
This may well be a useful book for competition-grade long-distance cyclists. I couldn't possibly judge, and I'm sure Amazon wouldn't want me to. But as somebody who just rides 180 miles to while away the time, I still find three appealing things about it:
First, paradoxically, it's useful to know that there isn't some trick that I had been missing all these years. For all the blather about lactic acid and aero bars, it really *isn't* much more complicated than putting one foot in front of another.
Second, there are still some useful tidbits: The best kind of candy bars to buy at a convenience store, the best kind of stretches to do for back pain, that sort of thing.
Third, there are some passages that are deligtfully off-the-wall. We're warned that fainting from heat exhaustion is most likely to occur when we stop -- so don't stop at the top of a hill. In another chapter, there's a subheading titled "Techniques for Staying Awake," telling you the key to "preventing or at least minimizing hallucinations," and recommending that you "make a game of how much you can see around you at night." You cannot make this stuff up.
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