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From customized workouts to authoritative advice, Fitness Cycling provides the most effective workouts for achieving peak physical conditioning. As a cyclist and physician for one of the sport’s leading teams, author Shannon Sovndal provides a detailed approach to cycling that will help you increase strength, speed, stamina, and overall fitness.
Fitness Cycling features 56 workouts based on specific aspects of riding, such as base building, interval training, sprint and hill climbing, and time trialing. Each workout is color coded for intensity level, so you can create a targeted program based on your goal, current fitness level, and cycling experience.
With recommendations, advice, and professional insights on riding techniques, goal setting, training concepts, recovery, and preventing common cycling injuries, Fitness Cycling is the one training guide you’ll turn to again and again for a lifetime of cycling workouts.
Chapter 1 Setting Cycling Fitness Goals
Chapter 2 Understanding Training Concepts
Chapter 3 Measuring Cycling Fitness
Chapter 4 Understanding Training Workload and Zones
Chapter 5 Planning Your Program
Chapter 6 Base-Building Workouts
Chapter 7 Interval Workouts for Flat or Varied Terrain
Chapter 8 Hill Workouts
Chapter 9 Time Trial Workouts
Chapter 10 Sprint Workouts
Chapter 11 Stationary Bike Workouts
Chapter 12 Off-Season Workouts
Chapter 13 Equipping Yourself
Chapter 14 Refining Bike Fit and Riding Techniques
Chapter 15 Dealing With Common Cycling Problems
Appendix A Personal Training Zones
Appendix B Training Logs
About the Author
Shannon Sovndal, MD, is the team physician for the Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda professional cycling team and works at the General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) for the University of Colorado. He attended medical school at Columbia University in New York City and completed his residency at Stanford University. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American College of Emergency Medicine.
Before becoming a physician, Sovndal raced road bikes in the United States, winning the California/Nevada District Championship and numerous other road races and criteriums. He has written several articles on cycling topics and contributed to the scientific literature in emergency medicine. He coauthored the previous version of Fitness Cycling and was lead author of Cycling Anatomy, both published by Human Kinetics.
“The best training program is one that engages you with variety and ultimately ensures that you improve. Shannon shows you how to mix it up, have fun, and go faster with Fitness Cycling."
Connie Carpenter-- 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist
"Fitness Cycling is an excellent tool for learning the basics of cycling and for applying a variety of workouts and concepts toward attaining your cycling goals. Sovndal truly hits on the principles that matter."
Timmy Duggan-- Liquigas-Cannondale Pro Cycling Team