The Time-Crunched Cyclist reveals the fastest way to get fit for road racing, century rides, cyclocross, Gran Fondos, mountain bike events, and multi-day cycling tours. With elite cycling coach Chris Carmichael’s innovative approach, busy cyclists will develop fitness, speed, and power in just 6 hours a week.

Through his popular endurance coaching service, Carmichael noticed that many busy cyclists are unable to make performance gains using conventional training methods; they simply don’t have enough time to train. Carmichael Training Systems 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.

The Time-Crunched Cyclist shows cyclists how to build fitness on a realistic schedule by tapping the power of high-intensity interval workouts. Cyclists learn the science behind this alternative approach to training before performing the CTS field tests to get a baseline reading of their fitness. 8 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.

New programs for this second edition bring cyclists up to speed for cyclocross racing, mountain bike endurance rides, and show bicycle commuters how to turn their twice-a-day rides into effective time-crunched workouts.

The Time-Crunched Cyclist will help former racers, bicycle commuters, ‘cross fans, and mountain bikers capture their best performance—all in the time they have right now.

Paperback with charts and tables throughout
6″ x 9″, 272 pp., $19.95, 9781934030837

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1 Bringing Endurance Training into the 21st Century
2 The Science of the Time-Crunched Training Program
3 Measuring Intensity in the Information Age
4 Competitor & Century Workouts and Training Programs
5 The Commuter’s Plan for Race-Ready Fitness
6 Cyclocross: A Perfect Application of the TCTP
7 Training for Endurance Mountain Bike Races
8 High-Speed Nutrition
9 Making the Most of Your Fitness
10 Supplementing Your Training: Endurance Blocks
11 Strength Training on Limited Time

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 Praise for this book

”For those with tight schedules and real life demands, The Time-Crunched Cyclist offers an alternative to hanging up the bike in frustration.” —

”Chris Carmichael’s newest book, The Time-Crunched Cyclist, is worth a look for anyone with a real life.” —

”It’s very hard: a) to put this book down and b) not to pick up a useful amount of beneficial knowledge from it.” —

”With the training plans, nutritional information, case studies, race and ride tips, success stories and more, The Time-Crunched Cyclist certainly gave me new hope that I would be able to train well to truly enjoy the sport that I love. If you are, like me, a cyclist with too little free time on your hands, I would definitely recommend that you buy and read this book.” —

”Carmichael explains superbly in the book how a training program which features shorter but higher intensity training coupled with good recovery periods can deliver spectacular results.” —

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