This is the ultimate practical reference for running, cycling and fitness training, covering everything from basic skills, essential clothing and equipment to training schedules, nutrition plans and international events. Step-by-step instructions and over 1,350 specially commissioned photographs and illustrations show how to train in each discipline safely efficiently and for optimum results. It explains how to get involved in races and competitions; how to prepare beforehand, what to do on the day and the best way to recover afterwards. It is an informed text written by leading authorities in the field in an accessible and easy-to-read format. This fantastic, practical volume is the perfect way to find out how you can become a better runner, begin cycling and improve your fitness. Designed to be accessible whatever your level of experience, this book guides you through the basics of each discipline, including warming up, nutrition and essential equipment, and provides individual training plans to build up your ability and even introduce you to competitions and races. Written by leading experts and illustrated throughout with over 1,200 stunning colour photographs, this practical reference is the perfect book for amateur runners, cyclists and trainers, as well as experienced practitioners looking to improve their technique and progress.