The last couple of days I've been working on questions from a publisher in Germany. This publisher is translating two of my books, "Training Plans for Multisport Athletes" and "Workouts in a Binder for Triathletes" into German for the foreign market. This is pretty exciting for me.
Seems this year is going to be a big book year. I didn't really plan it that way, it just happened. A few weeks ago I finished working on edits for the second edition of my first book, "The Female Cyclist". The next step in the process there is to review the final assembled book in raw format before it goes to the printer. I'm not sure of the date it will be available on bookshelves, I suspect fall.
Cyclists have been hounding me for years to produce a cycling version of "Training Plans for Multisport Athletes". By the end of this year, you will have your book, "Training Plans for Cyclists." As some of you know, my early coaching success began with cyclists rather than triathletes, as most people assume. My early coaching success was with roadies and mountain bike racers. My first trip to the Olympic Games was to Sydney in 2000 to support Nicole Freedman, a road racer I coached.
If you've been following columns and blogs, you'll know that I've personally fallen, in more ways than one, for mountain biking in recent years. I love riding and running on mountain trails.
The current plan is to include 16 training plans in the new book. Not all of the plans are in final form, so that's why I say "current plan." Similar to the multisport book, there are beginner plans, short-distance event plans and long distance event plans. There are plans for touring riders, roadies, mountain bikers and some ultra-distance sprinkled in. I'm well over the half-way mark and that feels good. I'll have the lion's share of the work completed in the next two months, then it goes to editing.
After initial editing, it's back to me for final edit. The editors do the final, final edit before it goes off to printing. A long process indeed.
There is still a good chunk of work to be done on my end, and that makes me a little anxious. I've felt like this before and some how, some way, it always gets done on time. We're (VeloPress and I) aiming to have the book for you for before Christmas of this year. I know, it seems like a long time away-but producing a book is quite a process.
I'll keep you posted on all four projects.
Have a great weekend ~