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Training and Racing with a Power Meter, 2nd Ed. Paperback – April 26, 2010
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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
From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
If you plan to train and race with power, I would recommend this as the Gold Standard in required reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although the most important reference for using power meters, to date, the top could be better organized into high-level aspects, followed by detailed analysis for those who want. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Marinho Barcellos
The "Bible" of power meters? Maybe, but try reading the Bible cover to cover. I am a very serious amateur cyclist, keenly interested in using my power numbers to improve. Read morePublished 2 months ago by maplewood
Better than nothing, reads sorta like an ad for his software.Published 3 months ago by Andrew S. Zeigler
Look no further if you want the definitive book on training with "power."Published 3 months ago by paul
A very useful guide for riders who want to train with power meter.Published 4 months ago by Wen Loong