Distance Cycling: Your Complete Guide for Long Distance Rides (Anglais) Broché – 27 juin 2011
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As a 64 year old rider I knew I needed to learn how to ride more efficiently and to deal well with nutrition and training. As I worked my way through the Brevet Series I began looking online for answers. Coach John Hughes' name kept coming up. I'd print his articles, study them and apply the learnings on the next ride. Upon hearing of Distance Cycling I knew from studying John's past articles that the answers to many of my questions would be found in this one book. I have not been disappointed.
It is comprehensive, covering all of the relevant topics of distancing riding. It is written in a logical and understandable way and is based on John's many years of experience. As one who owns' a business I especially appreciate the emphasis on planning and training schedules as a way to get organized. One thing I love about the recommended exercises in this book is that they can be done at home with relatively little equipment.
This winter I will be focusing on his chapter on Baseline Conditioning as a way to increase core strength and remain limber for the next riding season. In personal communications with John I have learned that he is exceptionally generous. Distance Cycling embodies this generosity.
If you are a long distance rider or considering becoming one this book will help you at every turn-I heartily recommend it!
I ride about 1200 to 1500 per year and have begun to ride centuries and metric centuries. I regularly read articles on any number of websites. Little here was new, but it was a fairly complete collection of the information I've read other places.
Expect to see many pages of specific, week- by-week training schedules. If you're not the type of person who wants to follow a tight regime, you should probably consider this book to be many pages shorter than advertised.
I finish this type of book looking for a clear overview that points me toward improving my approach. I work toward new goals in an evolutionary way - small changes over a long approach. For instance, I have been increasing mileage for four years. At 64 years old I felt I needed to build the toughness of my tendons, etc. This book's approach might get me to the same place, but I didn't see where it explicitly talks about these fundamental intentions. I do better when I know, or have at least a quick review of, what I am after. A century may be the goal, but a body that can survive and enjoy it is the real intent of my training.
If page after page of specific instructions feels comforting to you, this book is well worth a read. If you haven't ridden more than 20 miles or so, this book will offer a solid template to guide you. If you already have a century under your tires, this book will give you resources to stretch your event mileage. But if you already ride centuries occasionally and have read articles on being more effective in your training structure, this book will offer minimal additional information.
If you are looking to improve your cycling and increase your distance, Distance Cycling is an outstanding resource. I highly recommend this book.