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The Lance Armstrong performance program : the training, strengthening, and eating plan behind the world's greatest cycling victory
Armstrong, Lance.
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Publication Information:
Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale, [2000]

Physical Description:
xvi, 240 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

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GV1048 .A76 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In 1999 the world watched spellbound as Lance Armstrong achieved one of the most dramatic comebacks in sports history, winning the grueling Tour de France just three years after being diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer. Lance's return road to glory took courage, determination, and a top-notch training program. Now Lance's winning strategies-- developed with coach Chris Carmichael-- can be yours, too! Whether you're a cycling novice or a competitive racer, The Lance Armstrong Training Program will teach you how to:

* find the right bike for your body
* know when to brake (only as a last resort!)
* corner, climb, and descend like a pro
* develop your explosive power to sprint
* incorporate cross-training into your schedule
* build necessary mental toughness...
* and much more!

Simple and focused, Lance's proven program will transform you into the rider you want to be-- in just seven weeks!

Author Notes

Lance Armstrong was ranked the #1 cyclist in the world in 1996. After his thrilling comeback victory at the1999 Tour de France, he was named the 1999 Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year and The Most Fascinating Person of 1999 by Barbara Walters.

Chris Carmichael has been Lance Armstrong's personal coach since the early 1990s. A former world-class cyclist, he was named the 1999 Coach of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee.

Peter Joffrey Nye is a cyclist and professional writer.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

America's romance with Lance will undoubtedly soar with his second Tour de France victory and the success of his autobiography, It's Not about the Bike [BKL My 15 00]. Compared to other training guides, this covers the same basics with a straight-to-the-point style, bullet lists, and good organization. Just as people wanted to be like Mike, cyclists want to be like Lance. "What Would Lance Do?" sidebars provide anecdotal tips, but does it really matter if Lance likes to wear sport sunglasses to protect his eyes? It may be motivating to know his heart rates for time trials versus climbing, but does that really help someone training for a Century? Carmichael, Armstrong's coach for the past decade, offers helpful and useful tips in "Listen to the Coach" sidebars, and two chapters, "The Heart of Training" and "The 7-Week Success Plan," offer the best training advice for beginners to advanced cyclists. Readers who can't get enough of Lance will be drawn to the title, but the real draw is Carmichael's Training System, sure to inspire cyclists to peak performance--when tailored to individual abilities and goals. --Brenda Barrera

Table of Contents

Chris CarmichaelLance Armstrong
Forewordp. v
Introductionp. xv
Part 1 The Promise of Cycling
1. The Appeal of Two Wheelsp. 3
2. Cycling Equipmentp. 10
3. Essential Maintenance and Repairp. 23
4. Riding Positionp. 35
5. Rules of the Roadp. 47
Part 2 The Carmichael Training System
6. The Heart of Trainingp. 59
7. The 7-Week Success Planp. 68
8. Training Techniques and Workoutsp. 80
9. Recoveryp. 90
10. Strength Trainingp. 100
11. Eat for Health and Performancep. 113
Part 3 Essential Skills
12. The Power of Pedalingp. 131
13. Shifting and Brakingp. 138
14. Road Hazardsp. 143
15. Group Ridingp. 149
16. Riding Out the Weatherp. 156
Part 4 Techniques to Ride like a Pro
17. Mental Toughnessp. 167
18. Corneringp. 174
19. Climbingp. 179
20. Descendingp. 188
21. Sprintingp. 193
22. Time Trialingp. 204
23. Lance in Actionp. 215
Photo Creditsp. 225
Indexp. 227
About the Authorsp. 239