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Training and Racing with a Power Meter 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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While the authors have a software package that they sell and use throughout the book, they do not hide that other options exist (I felt no need to use their software--there are too many free options). I just wish there was a more technical sequel so that I have a place to go for more detailed info.
Athletes need a schema, a way of looking at the process of building physical capacity to judge what next steps would benefit our development. The lens you use to view your workouts might be based on heart rate, perceived effort or power generated. This book lays a foundation based on power, but still adds a deeper understanding to heart rate and perceived effort training.
I was impressed that there was real value if you just scanned it, read the text without trying to interrupt the charts, or studied the texts, examples and charts carefully. Each time I have gone through it I have seen increased benefit from my training time. It always helps me feel more grounded and motivated to approach my bike training with an eye to creating results that fit my goals and strengths.
Even though I don’t race, it has also motivated me to get a power meter to improve my times in distance events.