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Any Idiot Can Write a Book

Friday, April 22, 2011

Apparently, anyone can write a wellness or fitness book. I searched Amazon the other day, looking for books on cycling training when you're older. I figured the way I trained in my 20s would not be applicable now. And, after nearly a year of rehab, I don't want to end up there again.

So, I ordered 2 books for my Kindle for an upcoming trip and one in print, since it was cycling over 50. The book went back to Amazon.

Per this self-proclaimed expert, to train, you should stop strength work and cross-training and ONLY bike outside. Indoors doesn't cut it. Then, he explains how to carb load. Even when I did Centuries, I never carb loaded. My body couldn't handle it.

I scanned a few more pages and he wants 500 miles outside a week.

I'm not training for a race. Those days are long gone. I just want to be able to ride outside after work and do some long rides on the weekend. Nothing major. And, I want to do it without getting hurt.

If I followed this guy's program, I'd be in the neurosurgeon's office quickly and end up on the operating table.

So, the book is gone and I'm scratching my head on this guy getting a publisher. As a writer, I know how hard that is.

Oh well. Live and learn. I hope the other books are more interesting.
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    What's more, any idiot (or maybe most idiots) can READ a book. Sadly, they give reviews and recommendations because they drank the proverbial kool-aid. GL's example of Taubes is a great one. You see people pushing that book all other place, including SP and it's largely rubbish. Then after they read the book they think they know some secret and begin prosthelytizing.
    2493 days ago
    How funny - it wouldn't have occurred to me to get a book. I guess I'm just so used to getting free advice online! LOL

    Check the links on the cycling team page...

    And Bicycling magazine has lots of free online articles...
    2493 days ago
    2494 days ago
    I really enjoyed this book:


    Ride a century when you turn a century.

    "That’s the promise offered by nationally-known cycling writers Roy M. Wallack and Bill Katovsky in Bike for Life, a blueprint for using cycling to achieve longevity, fitness, and overall well-being. Bike for Life’s cutting-edge, science-based plan can slow and even reverse the age-related deterioration which begins in most people around age 35, leaving you functionally younger and more vital. Using cross-training, interval training, periodization, smart eating, and breakthough exercises designed to spur natural growth hormone production, Bike for Life can help you protect and rebuild age-battered muscles and bones, restore a tall, youthful posture, heat up a stagnant love life, and even ride faster, stronger, and longer than you could last year. It won’t be easy, but for those who plan on rolling into triple digits on a bike, not a wheelchair, the payoff is beyond measure: The endless joy of riding a bike across town, or across the country."
    2494 days ago
    There is a very good discussion on training for cycling in JP fitness forum in one of the threads I reviewed for my EPOC post last night. They were debating about casual training vs. training to be a better bike climber, etc. You might find that interesting at the very least. Many of those people are acquainted with many different activities, types of training, and goal sets.

    And yes, I'm sure you are correct. Publishing companies are concerned with what might sell (which is mostly based on the title, cover photo, back cover blurbs, and inside-cover leaf text, right? They are NOT concerned with whether books present a balanced approach or whether or not the exercise/nutrition science is solid. This situation causes no end of problems given that people have evidently been trained to believe what they read, even while warned to not believe anything they read on the internet - despite similar levels of actual scientific editorial oversight. That reminds me, I need to go heckle some Gary Taubes followers sometime soon, just for fun.

    I'd think there would have to be books for touring riders that might be more what you'd want rather than racers. But most of the training information probably comes from racers, because let's face it, that's both where the money is (for training investigation) and the area in which it's glamorous and interesting for exercise physiologists and dietitians to work.
    2494 days ago
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