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"Training and Racing with a Power Meter is the ultimate guide to training with power. Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan are, without a doubt, the most knowledgeable people on the planet when it comes to power meters." -- Joe Friel, world-recognized endurance sports coach and author of The Cyclist's Training Bible, The Triathlete's Training Bible, and The Power Meter Handbook

"Training and Racing with a Power Meter is a comprehensive look at the technological and physical aspects of power and fatigue-based testing. It also includes coaching and training sessions to target weaknesses highlighted by the data. It's essential reading." -- BikeRadar.com

"Training and Racing with a Power Meter presents useful information on how to delve deeper into the numbers and recognize patterns that surface over a season. Every triathlete can benefit from the book's in-depth info and detailed graphs showing the numbers you need to kill the competition." -- Triathlete magazine

"Training and Racing with a Power Meter has enough scientific detail and analysis to satisfy even the most demanding numbers junkie while remaining readable and useful to even the casual power enthusiast." -- Canadian Cycling magazine

"By far the best instruction manual I've seen is Training and Racing with a Power Meter. The book has enough scientific detail and analysis to satisfy even the most demanding numbers junkie, while remaining readable and useful to even the casual power enthusiast." -- Stephen Cheung, PhD, PezCyclingNews.com

"Training and Racing with a Power Meter is the most logically structured and comprehensive manual in print on how a rider can get maximum performance improvement from this device." -- Active.com

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Power meters are not just for the pros.

As equipment has improved, cyclists and triathletes at all levels are using power meters to unlock speed and endurance. But in order to get the most from the technology, you need to know how to read the feedback.

Training and Racing with a Power Meter shows you how to identify your strengths and target your weaknesses with unbelievable precision. By explaining the universal concepts behind the power graphs, authors Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan will revolutionize the way you train. Begin by determining your power profile, which describes your strengths as a cyclist. Next, assess your fatigue profile to learn how you resist fatigue at 12 different exercise durations. Finally, identify the workouts that will help you build power across the board while eliminating the flat spots that are holding you back.

Allen and Coggan explain how to interpret power, cadence, speed, and heart rate so that you can train optimally for road racing, mountain biking, cyclocross, triathlon, track, or BMX. Knowing how to analyze your power-meter data will enable you to create a seasonlong race schedule that plays to your strengths. Understanding your numbers will also allow you to monitor changes in fitness and precisely time your peak performance.

With more than 65 power-based workouts; case studies of professional, masters, and amateur athletes; and hundreds of charts and graphs, Training and Racing with a Power Meter is the definitive guide you need to get up to speed on cycling's most important technology.

Hunter Allen is an elite-level cycling coach, former professional cyclist, and owner of the Peaks Coaching Group.

Andrew Coggan, PhD, is an exercise physiologist and author of countless articles on effective application of power-meter data.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress; Second Edition, New edition, 2nd Ed. edition (April 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030554
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought an SRM before I bought this book and I could quickly see that it would transform the way I train. However I felt like I lacked in a lot of areas "how can I analyze the data?", "how can I build a training system?", "what are my strengths?". I had already read Joe Friel's book which is great for basic training and periodization but does not go into that much depth on how to actually use a power meter. A power meter is a complex tool and if you don't know how to use it won't benefit you that much. This book tells you how to use the power meter to figure out what kind of rider you are, find your weaknesses, very good suggested exercises and teaches you how to use the tools to their full extent. Combined with Joe's book you end up with an amazing combination. The only complaint I have about it is their focus on how great WKO+ is (a software they develop), however if you've read this book you'll know enough to be able to use any other software (I personally use Golden Cheetah). I'd recommend a power meter to any serious cyclist and without this book getting a power meter is a waste of money. The Cyclist's Training Bible
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I liked this book, but I certainly did not love it. Thus the 4-star rating. Over the past summer I got talked into training for, and entering, an Ironman 70.3 event to be held in June, 2014. The woman who talked me into rehabilitating my 51-year-old body for the event has completed two full-length Ironmans at age 45 while holding down a full-time job, and she uses a power meter in her training on the bike. I went for a bike ride with her last Spring and she was killing me on the hills. I decided her way of training with a power meter might be something I'd like to learn more about. So I got a rear hub power meter (along with a device to collect the data), built it into a wheel, and threw it on my bike. Of course, this didn't do much for me since I had no idea how the power meter could help me in my training efforts.

As a kid I was a highly trained competitive cyclist. I excelled at racing on the track (velodrome) and on the roads doing criteriums. I never bulked up too much, so I could compete reasonably well in road and cyclocross events, too. However, I NEVER performed well in time trialing whether on the track or the road. What I have gathered from using my power meter, reading this book I'm reviewing, and comparing what the book explains to what I used to do when training on my bike as a kid, is that power meters are great for enabling the user to accurately classify his or her training rides as either: (1) junk miles, (2) slow endurance miles, (3) tempo or quality training miles, (4) race pace miles, or (5) sprint or super high intensity miles.
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This book is awesome! It divulges many ways that you can use the power meter to help your training. It heavily revolves around using the Training Peaks WKO+ software, so be prepared to buy it too. It doesn't keep secrets. It could be used by coaches or technically savvy people who would like to self coach. If you're not a numbers person, it may go a bit too far. At the moment, even though it is on it's second edition, it still has no rivals. I would like to see more books written about power training. Right now it has the market cornered.
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I purchased two items in July: a power meter and this book. And I believe that one without the other would be nearly useless. The information outlined and detailed in the book is clear, concise, and methodical. The attention to detail is meticuluous, and is presented in a very user-friendly way.

If you plan to train and race with power, I would recommend this as the Gold Standard in required reading.
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After having read through this book twice I am still in agreement with those reviewers who complain that most of the book pushes you towards signing up for 'Training Peaks' the rather fantastic website the data driven online training log devised by the authors. There is for my part, too much emphasis on the math behind the science in this book and I'm not sure pages on whether you view data results in a horizontal view or a stacked view adds to the enjoyment. I just wanted to get to the nub of 'how to train better now that I've got a power meter'. Still, you need to buy this if you train with a power meter as it's the only bible for this type of data driven training until someone can write a more entertaining book....Please!
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By Bart on December 20, 2010
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Excellent book, all I need to train with my PM is that book. Superb scientific but easy to read. SUPER!!!
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If you are serious about improving your performance on the bike or in other endurance related events and you have the means to invest in power meters this book is a must! It gives you the tools to get the most out of your power meter. If you can't afford a coach or would rather understand and dictate your own training program this has it all. Warning...this book takes a serious look at data analysis, obviously not a light read.
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