Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The Time-Crunched Cyclist will put you at the front of the pack in just six hours a week. That's right: Six hours a week on this revolutionary plan will rebuild your competitive fitness and help you regain race-winning form. Criteriums, road races, Gran Fondos, gravel grinders, century rides, or the fall cyclocross series--the Time-Crunched Training Program will boost your recovery, rev up race-winning speed, improve power, and help you go the distance.
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Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Jim Rutberg. As cycling's popularity grows with men and women in their thirties, forties, fifties, and beyond, the traditional ideas about training for endurance sports need a new approach to reflect the daily challenges faced by parents and working professionals.
Using elements from the same As cycling's popularity grows with men and women in their thirties, forties, fifties, and beyond, the traditional ideas about training for endurance sports need a new approach to reflect the daily challenges faced by parents and working professionals.
Using elements from the same program he designed for Tour de France winner Armstrong, this guide shows how to build competitive cycling fitness on a realistic schedule -- a schedule that fits into the busy lives of today's active middle-agers. Complete with training plans, case studies, nutritional guidelines, and success stories, "The Time-Crunched Cyclist" shows cyclists how to push the pace in the local group ride, have fun, and perform well in local races, or tackle a challenging mile fundraiser ride without committing to a high-volume training program.
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This is a great book for someone who is looking to maintain a high level of fitness without spending more than 6 to 8 hours per week on the bike.
Unfortunately, I am not that person yet. I am still recovering basic fitness after being laid up with an injury for about a year. Some day, when I have more energy and less time, I will definitely return to this book.
In the meantime, I think the weight training tips are really good and I do plan to start implementing those right away. View all 4 comments. Nov 14, Douglas Lord rated it it was amazing. Carmichael The Time-Crunched Triathlete: Race-Winning Fitness in 8 Hours a Week , a former Olympian and pro cyclist turned coach, begins with a fairly technical discussion of the science underlying his method.
The programmed combinations of endurance, steady state, and tempo rides with power intervals and climbing repeats are rooted in the principles that Carmichael develops for professionals.
This is not a method for all riders. In fact, the author points out that riders who can commit more than ten hours a week to training will be better served by a more traditional endurance-training program. Self-coached athletes familiar with adapting cookie-cutter workouts to their own needs will be on familiar turf. Jan 03, Andrea Matsumura rated it liked it. This book provides a good general overview of how to use power to ones advantage.
It's a descent training reference. Sep 28, Nate Dern rated it it was amazing. I like Carmichael's writing style. Informative, well researched, well structured. Straightforward advice with the evidence behind it clearly presented.
Good read for someone looking to improve their cycling shape. Mar 19, Robb Zimmerman rated it it was amazing. Excellent teaching material that covers a wide range of topics with just enough depth to keep it moving forward. This will definitely help you achieve better performance as you apply it to your deliberate practice routine. Jul 29, Stephen Redwood rated it liked it Shelves: sports.
This book focuses primarily on how to avoid being a complete loser when trying to ride with or compete against a bunch of cyclists who are able to get in sufficient volume of training to be top of the pile through conventional means.
Its basically an argument that says if you replace volume with intensity, you can go some way to tricking your body into performing well. Every shortcut comes at a price, however, and in this case it means your season will be a short one as the performance loss is in This book focuses primarily on how to avoid being a complete loser when trying to ride with or compete against a bunch of cyclists who are able to get in sufficient volume of training to be top of the pile through conventional means.
Every shortcut comes at a price, however, and in this case it means your season will be a short one as the performance loss is in the reduced ability to sustain a peak over an extended period. That's it in a nutshell. But, the book has plenty of valuable insights into exercise physiology that explain how the intensity training works - its substantially about producing more mitochondria, which allows you to process energy efficiently. I thought it was great, but you're not going to read this unless you are into this kind of thing.
Mar 08, Doug Canfield rated it really liked it. Though it's called The Time-Crunched Cyclist, the target reader includes pretty much everyone who doesn't want to train like a pro, wnether you have the time or not.
You certainly will be able to achieve advanced results and accomplish most e. This is my fourth year cycling and the fourth book I've read on cyclist training, as my enthusiasm for the sport has a lot to do with improving at it.
And it could simply be that this is the last Though it's called The Time-Crunched Cyclist, the target reader includes pretty much everyone who doesn't want to train like a pro, wnether you have the time or not. And it could simply be that this is the last one, but after reading this book I found these training concepts and techniques -- which aren't too dissimilar to that in the others -- are finally coming together for me.
I liked this book and am going to use it's program -- if customized -- to prepare for my big event goal this year. This information is clear, the voice enjoyable, and the chapter-flow well organized. Just picked up this book while browsing the fitness section of Barnes and Noble.
Looking into the most efficient way to exercise and improve cardio performance. I'm finding the coaching science interesting in this book. It is geared toward professional bikers, which I am not, however you can certainly use the concepts as a recreational cyclist or even as a jogger. The book also briefly covers nutrition, commuting to work on bike and workout time management. The various workout regimes are thorough Just picked up this book while browsing the fitness section of Barnes and Noble.
The various workout regimes are thoroughly planned out and presented in chart form as well. I'd suggest this book as a reference for any somewhat serious cycling enthusiast, rather than just for professionals. Dec 31, Matthew Robus rated it really liked it.
He says that by doing short hard intervals, not only is VO2 max improved, but the intense effort also benefits the sub-maximal systems that are used when riding.
He says it can only be done in wk cycles because the body needs some recovery time, but if you work hard it will give improvement faster than other methods. All you gotta do is deal with the pain. Jul 12, Jon Riekenberg rated it it was ok. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Mildly interesting, but nothing really ground-breaking. Would work well for someone with limited time but a very predictable schedule.
Not so good for a less predictable weekly schedule. Most of the basic principles related to managing perceived effort and using hard interval workouts to temporarily replace base-building can be generalized, however. Oct 16, David rated it really liked it. Presents a very effective training program for cyclists who want to be fast but don't have time for traditional training plans.
The book is a bit repetitive but does present a lot of background information explaining how and why the training program works. Of course, if you are really time-crunched, skip all the explanations and just follow the plans. Jan 20, Matt rated it really liked it.
Excellent book for someone like me, who loves to cycle and wants to push it, while keeping one's family and job. I only wish there were a way to use the program all year long; it doesn't offer much in between 12 week blocks, and one can't maintain that intensity level all year.
The Time-Crunched Cyclist, 3rd Ed.
Cyclists learn the science behind this alternative approach to training before performing the CTS field tests to get a baseline reading of their fitness. The new Time-Crunched Training Plans cover:. This new, third edition integrates Strava, the popular ride tracking and analysis program. Powered by Strava, the Time-Crunched program becomes interactive, social, highly motivating—and focuses riders on the training data that matters most. It also adds the Time-Crunched Diet, a sports nutrition approach designed to help riders optimize their power-to-weight ratio with new guidelines on eating behaviors and delicious recipes from chefs Michael Chiarello and Matt Accarrino. A new chapter on hydration and managing heat stress will show athletes simple ways to avoid overheating that lead to better performance.
Review: The Time Crunched Cyclist book by Chris Carmichael
The Time-Crunched Cyclist can help you capture your best performance—all in the time you have right now. So CTS developed a new approach—the Time-Crunched Training Program—to help cyclists achieve competitive fitness and power without the impossible time demands of traditional training methods. Cyclists learn the science behind this alternative approach to training before performing the CTS field tests to get a baseline reading of their fitness. Nine comprehensive training plans include effective time-crunched workouts, nutrition guidelines, and strength training to develop the speed and endurance for a wide variety of cycling races and events. The new Time-Crunched Training Plans cover:.