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    Book recommendation for training ?

    Hi everyone,

    I'm looking at racing mtb again, mostly longer distance races and I would like to know if any of you guy had good books to recommend for training.

    Most book I've seen either just focuses on training for the road or seem a bit outdated. I know I should probably just get a coach but I'm a bit hesitant to spend that much money right away and I would prefer learning about training and trying a couple of training plan before investing in a personal cycling coach.

    Any suggestions ?

    Thanks !

    LP

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    Mountain Bikers Training Bible

    Time Crunched Cyclist

    Those are both good reads. Theres also plenty of cookie cutter training plans online you can purchase from different coaches.

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    Hunter Allens "Cutting Edge Cycling" published 3/23/12

    These articles could help you get started

    Articles | Kona Human Performance | Jacksonville, FL

    Sweet Spot Part Deux | FasCat Coaching :: Cycling Coach for all Cyclists

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    I got a lot out of the Time Crunched Cyclist, I am definitely in that category.
    What do you consider longer distance races? You mention you're getting back into it again, what level were your racing previously?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimPacNW View Post
    I got a lot out of the Time Crunched Cyclist, I am definitely in that category.
    What do you consider longer distance races? You mention you're getting back into it again, what level were your racing previously?
    Sorry maybe I should have been more specific. I mean by longer distance marathon XC race and stage races, so over 50 miles.

    I used to do Canadian cup races, as a junior (up to 19 years old) and as a senior elite, which I suppose would be comparable to a Cat 1-2 road racer.

    I haven't race for the past 4 years now. I've been riding a lot though in the last 2 years so I'm quite fit already and pretty much at race weight, I just haven't really bothered with doing interval work, hill repeats, or anything too specific. I used to have a coach when I was younger so I have a pretty good idea on how to train, I'd just like to get more knowledgeable and start building my own race training program.

    In the end I just want to get back to the best shape I can be.

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    Either of Joe Friel's 'Cycling Bible' books. No matter what the discipline, mtb or road, there's lots of good information on endurance training.

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