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3.0 out of 5 stars
Not as advertised, Nov. 18 2009
This book bills itself as a book focused on Base building. This would imply that it is focused on the base period of training for cycling and not on all aspects of the season. True, this book doesn't delve into race tactics and race strategy but it tries to do a lot more than provide a great deal of insight into the intricacies of base training. I was excited to find such a lengthly book on this topic as I was almost certain it would go into greater detail in this aspect of seasonal periodization and preparation than all of the other books that cover "how to train" in about as many pages. I was wrong, this is one of those books that just tells you how to train. In fact I thought that the insight it offered into base training was particularly uninsightful.
If you're interested to know, the theory in this book ties closely to Friel's 3 basic skills and 3 advanced skills for endurance sport performance. I'm not exactly sure what this author is offering in addition to that although he manages to fill a lot of pages on the topic.
Enough with the disappointment though. This book does offer a good basic introduction to "how to train" and is likely to be helpful to a self-coached athlete who is just starting out with the self-coaching. My impression though was that this was going to enhance my ability to self-coach, and would make a useful addition to my library on the topic. It is not a useful addition to your library though, basically anything you have in your library covers what this book covers, and some of them a lot more succinctly. Okay, I'm back to disappointment so I'll quit with the reviewing!