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Training and Racing with a Power Meter [Paperback]

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Power meters are rapidly becoming an invaluable part of training and racing among professional cyclists and triathletes, amateurs looking for a competitive edge, and gear fiends. For coaches and athletes, these devices offer enormous potential for targeting and timing training to realize a rider's goals. Yet few athletes or coaches understand how to interpret the data for optimal results, and few cycling resources do more than mention the possibility of wattage training. Training and Racing with a Power Meter decrypts the layers of information and explains how to begin a program that effectively integrates power. Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan have conducted extensive research and consulted with manufacturers to deliver the most sophisticated and scientific approach to training on the market, allowing riders to tap every last watt of power. The book includes cogent case studies, sample power workouts, and a chapter on the future of training and racing with these soon-to-be indispensable devices.

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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 24, 2006
Publisher   VeloPress
ISBN  1931382794  
ISBN13  9781931382793  

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Preface to the Second Edition




1 Why Train with a Power Meter?

2 Power Tools

3 Power-Based Training: Where to Begin?

4 Determining Your Strengths and Weaknesses

5 Using Power for Optimal Workouts

6 Interpreting the Data

7 Beyond Average Power

8 Using Power to Manage Performance

9 Developing aPower-Based Training Plan

10 Tracking Changes in Your Fitness

11 A Powerful Triathlete

12 Racing Faster with a Power Meter

13 Power for Other Disciplines: BMX, Cyclocross, Track, Ultra-Endurance

14 Putting It All Together

Appendix A: Additional Resources

Appendix B: Workout guide



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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Exercise & Fitness > Triathlons
2Books > Subjects > Sports > General
3Books > Subjects > Sports > Individual Sports > Cycling > Bike Repair
4Books > Subjects > Sports > Individual Sports > Cycling > General
5Books > Subjects > Sports > Training > General

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power meter explained  Apr 6, 2008
really well thought out book, explaining the different training zones inherent in our physiology and how they relate to practical methods of utilizing them to train better and understand the need for recovery and useful training levels.
Power the only way to train  Mar 10, 2008
If you have a power meter this book will make sense out of all the numbers, will give you real insight in the newest training way out there.

Very technical book, but easy for the layman to understand. Will please 99% of the racers out there.
Good, but not great  Feb 9, 2008
This is a fine book and tells some cool thing about bicycle powermeters. It introduces some usefull concepts, like the normalized power, TSS. You'll understand some capabilities of the limit-less tool called powermeter. It shows how to use an powermeter beyond the ordinary. You'll learn some nice stuff.

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.
Cycling with power effectively  Nov 5, 2007
Simply the most comprhensive book out there on the subject. A little biased in favor of "TrainingPeaks" software but still very, very good. If you are looking for simple answers about training effectively you might want to look elsewhere. Training with power takes a little thought and consideration.
Usful training guide for novis power meter owner  Oct 19, 2007
This book clearly explains training based on power meter data & has been especially useful to me as a novis to power meter use in triathlon training. The book outlines training zones based on individual abilities & self testing, plus their effect on training stress. Most usewful & highly recommended.

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