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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2004 12:16 am 
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I've just purchased the Lance Armstrong Performance Program, I'm wondering what success other riders have had with training programs?

I purchased the book for a few new ideas to avoid plateuing. it looks good so far.

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It's my personal opinion that any structured plan will make you improve. I like to train knowing that Im not wasting my time. If you use a power meter you can also see if you are improving or not.


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I've read the book, And have to say that i like the physiological explaination more. I can't find anything about that in the book. Although i think it can be very helpfull to start with. It gives you some advice, sadly not the advice i was looking for.
Try to find books that give you a real insight in hrm training. I like that over powertraining. Hrm training is also easier to start with if your new to training.
Oh, and i didn't quite read the part about the cycling gear that Lance is using, I just "flew" over it with my eyes.

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'the cyclist training bible' by Joel Friel is a fantastic book


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Spaniard - did you look into training bible?? What's you thoughts? I love it.


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I've read almost all the book and have based my training program on it, but translating HR levels to power levels. I think it's a all in one book, it gives you ideas of macro/microcycles and how to schedule your weekly training on each phase. IMO if you don't want to pay for a coach, and you want to be your own coach, this is the best book you can buy.


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I'm wondering if I'd be better served by a coach or by going down the route of self training : up to now I've hrdly had any coaching advice at all and just tend to trian as and when I feel like it, longish rides in the winter leading into shorter more intense rides towards spring time and hten racing / varied rides through the summer etc.
As I work a relatively unhelpful pattern (12hr shifts, 16 day rota with 4 days on, 2 days off, 4 nights, 6 off) I find it difficult to decide in advance an exact training regime as some days I am too tired to do anything and some days I feel better than I might have thought I would have.
Also having a 1 yr old daughter tends to interrupt training schedules !

Generally try to ride RRs of 40 - 70 miles wilth the occasional 10, 25mile or hilly TT thrown in,
Any thoughts gratefully received.


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I've done both now. For years I was self-trained and did it based off books available (and my years being a competitive runner). Last year I had a coach. this year I went back to being self-coached.

The big thing for me was that I could not devote enough time to my training to justify having a coach. BUT I was able to bounce questions off of him all year, and really pick his brain, and now I use all that info to handle my training plan for this year. I did learn a couple really important things, so in the long run it WAS worth it for me.


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Do you think most of those questions could be answered via a web forum such as Peak Performance?

I agree collecting the info is most important, following that you can create your own program.


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Bruiser wrote:
Do you think most of those questions could be answered via a web forum such as Peak Performance?

don't know anything about it. Is it an actual FORUM or is it an online coaching site?


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Go and have a look.

Cycling Articles http://www.pponline.co.uk/encyc/cycling.htm
Forum http://www.pponline.co.uk/community/

I find most training questons are general biomechanic or nutrition which I find PP do rather well, or tactical can be answered amongst other cyclists.

It would save you money for your bike :wink:


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