|1984 - My signature skill on the balance beam|
A few years ago when I realized that I could be an athlete once again all of the hard work ethic that made me into a podium finisher in gymnastics flowed with urgency within my veins. At that time, triathlon had become my sport and it was easy for me to become obsessed with training. So much so, in fact, that I began having one nagging injury after another. Fast forward to late summer 2010 when I began group cycling with a local club. Running had become a thing of the past due to a ruptured disk, mild stenosis, a compression fracture (thanks to gymnastics), arthritis and a few bad disks. Cycling became my new love. Now, not quite two years later I have found myself ready to step up my game on the bike. I seemingly live for my next ride, dream about riding, spot cyclists on the road and feel an instant kinship with them. Can you relate?!
Determined not to succumb to over-training injuries as in recent years, I continually read and learn about how to train properly. For my last birthday my sweet husband bought me Joel Friel's book The Cyclist's Training Bible. Within the 330 pages are topics such as the self-trained cyclist, training with purpose, case studies and even how to design your own training calendar. Joel Friel has been coaching athletes since 1980 and has a vast wealth of information to share. Something that impressed me about him is his outlook on helping others in the sport: "I offer this book with the hope that it will make you a better racer and that one day you will return the favor by teaching something you learned along the course." To read more about Mr. Friel, visit this link: http://www.trainingbible.com/aboutJoeFriel.aspx
This book is not for the recreational rider who simply enjoys showing up to socialize. It is written with the competitive cyclist in mind who has racing in his or her blood. If you are serious about your training and you want to make your mark on the cycling world around you, then a quick trip to the book store is a must.