- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: VeloPress (January 24, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1931382794
- ISBN-13: 978-1931382793
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,233,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Training and Racing with a Power Meter Paperback – January 24, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
The authors have presented much of the material in the book at seminars around the country. I attended one of those in 2005 in Sacramento, CA, so I was already familiar with much of the material in the book even before reading it. Also, much of the material has been presented and discussed in the Wattage discussion list on topica (lists.topica.com/lists/wattage/). The beauty of the book is that it collects all this valuable information, and much more, and presents it in a well organized manner in one place.
An early chapter describes each of the four major presently available commercial power meters (SRM, PowerTap, Polar and ergomo). It covers their relative advantages and disadvantages. The same chapter covers the software that is included with each power meter plus other standalone software offerings including CyclingPeaks which was developed by the coauthors along with Kevin Williams. Many examples from the book include screen shots and examples from CyclingPeaks but the ideas they convey are explained in the text so no prior knowledge of CyclingPeaks is necessary. If you are contemplating buying a power meter, this chapter alone is worth the price of the book.Read more ›
I highly recommend this book for any serious cyclist. I gobbled it down once, and I am now on my second reading. I have learned quite a bit on the subject by reading the book, despite my prior experience and training.
I enjoyed and appreciated the book because:
(1) COMPREHENSIVE!! This is perhaps the book's best feature--nothing seems to be missing. Every subject of which I am aware, as it relates to training with a power meter, is in there. Plus, I found information about which I was previously unaware. Joe Friel (renowned cycling coach and author) writes an introduction, and as he said, no other book even compares, at this time, in terms of content.
(2) AUTHORITATIVE. The authors are recognized in cycling circles as two of the most knowledgeable persons in the United States on using a power meter for cycling training. The authors' combination of an experienced cycling coach and former professional cyclist (Allen) and an exercise physiologist / scientist (Coggan) is not available in any other cycling training book, to my knowledge.
(3) EASY TO USE. The chapters are organized logically and, on my second reading, it has been easy to go back to subjects that interest me more than others.
(4) NOT TOO COMPLEX. The authors touch every subject thoroughly and comprehensively, but do so in a way that is not too difficult to understand or grasp.Read more ›
But the author doesn't give away their gold. It looks like their real secret - the training sessions - are kept away. They begin to show some exercise sessions for some kind of purpose, but they don't show you a lot. I felt like they were writing an teaser, not the full movie.
They also tell a lot about the Cycling Peaks software, which is good, but not all that great. I prefer to combine the Cycling Peaks with the original SRM or Powertap softwares to get the most juice.
They tried to keep this book from being an big ad and they pretty much accomplished that. I didn't get angry, nor got crazy to go buy their software after reading the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Clearly explains everything one needs to know about training with a power meter.Published 14 months ago by YVON JEAN
Hunter Allen with Andrew Coggan created this great book.
The book is divided in 3 parts explaning:
1) Theory of Powermeters
2) Different powermeters in the market... Read more
If you spent the money on a power meter for your bike consider this book a necessary purchase, a user manual on how to use the power meter to improve your training and racing. Read morePublished on March 28, 2010 by CyclingGuy
If your goal is performance improvement, then this book is invaluable. A must have for people with a power meter.Published on November 16, 2009 by Harold J. Wilson
I was expecting this book to help me learn about my power meter and it's usage. I read over half of the book before I droped it. Read morePublished on September 25, 2009 by NWA
It is a book with a lot of good information. Also a lot to digest the first time you read the book. You have everything you gain and nothing loses.Published on September 21, 2009 by bikeman
This is great book for an introduction to training with a power meter. Discusses specific power meters and the pros/cons of each. Read morePublished on September 9, 2009 by Sasha
This is a fantastic presentation about training with power with one exception. The Book/Font size does not support the detail in the charts. Read morePublished on April 14, 2009 by C. Parchem