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Hunter Allen , Andrew Coggan
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15 Mar 2010
A power meter is the ultimate training tool for serious cyclists and triathletes. Affixed to the handlebars, a power meter is like a cycling supercomputer, displaying critical data on a cyclist's speed, distance, and workload. "Training and Racing with a Power Meter" is the missing manual for competitive athletes who want to unlock the secrets that lead to speed. This second edition updates the only book devoted to this rapidly changing science. In only a few short years, power meters have become an essential training tool for amateur and pro cyclists and triathletes. The first edition of "Training and Racing with a Power Meter" was largely responsible for popularising what was once an arcane technology understood by only a few elite coaches and trainers. Now the updated second edition provides significant updates on technology, software tools, training protocols, and workouts, making the benefits of power-based training available to everyone. The new edition provides specific information for triathletes - the fastest-growing segment in endurance sports - including a complete triathlon training plan. Other significant updates include reviews of the latest hardware, refinements and additions to training plans, additional case studies, more on monitoring fitness and chronic training loads, and new power graphics, charts and tables throughout. "Training and Racing with a Power Meter, 2nd Ed.", will continue to be the definitive guide to the most important training tool ever developed for endurance sports.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress; 2nd Revised edition edition (15 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030554
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 19 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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"""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"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" 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"Once mastered, "Training and Racing with a Power Meter" could help provide any cyclist with the kind of information usually available only to elite pro riders." -- Competitor magazine"Better make sure you have the ultimate "instruction manual" for all things power." -- DailyPeloton.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

About the Author

Hunter Allen is considered one of the world's top experts in training with power meters. He is the co-developer of TrainingPeaks WKO+, software which he has used to analyze over 3,000 power meter files. Allen is a USA Cycling Elite Coach and is working with USA Cycling to develop certifications for coaches who want to better incorporate power in training. Allen is himself a former professional cyclist for the Navigators team. He raced for over 17 years in Europe, South America, the United States, and Canada. Hunter Allen lives in Bedford, Virginia. Andrew Coggan, Ph.D., is renowned in the cycling community for his research on power and exercise physiology. His research provided the foundation for the TrainingPeaks WKO+ software, which he co-developed with Hunter Allen. Coggan is a research associate at Washington University School of Medicine. He holds a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Texas and an M.S. in Human Bioenergetics form Ball State University. He has authored countless articles in medical studies and worked with USA Cycling to develop expert coaching clinics. Andrew Coggan, Ph.D., lives outside St. Louis, Missouri.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Mark T
Format:Paperback
Having read all of Allen and Coggan books on training I wasn't surprised that this latest edition was the best.
The research and development is 2nd to none when it comes to using power for coaches and for athletes and this book is now head and shoulders above most other books on power.
Sure it can be a little heavy in the reading for those using power for the first time but it is explained in a clear and simple way that most will understand.
If your looking to 'take your training to the next level' using a power meter then this is the book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book as the other book I had ( The power meter hand book, a users guide for cyclists and triathletes) by Joe Friel, seemed to start easily enough then boom, deep sports scientist speak, which lost me and I put the book down. This one I am afraid to say, is just the same words shuffled about a bit by a different author. Three chapters in and again boom, if your not a sports scientist, you struggle. I am still reading them both, now several times, but stall at or thereabouts the same point. Stuff is beginning to make sense the more I persevere and analyse my ride data, but its real slow going.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, which may be its Achilles heel 26 April 2011
By GerardR
Format:Paperback
Most people who've bought (invested in) a power meter will take the time to read this thoroughly, but it certainly takes some reading. That said, it is a very comprehensive coverage.

It also plugs their own Training Peaks software, while mentioning a similar - but free - product in passing. I haven't bought their software, but instead use the free Golden Cheetah software, which seems to have almost equivalent functionality.

Having bought an SRM power meter instead of a new bike, it has confirmed that I am middle-aged, overweight (ie. have a poor power:weight ratio) and unfit. Objective measurement can be cruel sometimes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars updated and worth a read. 22 Aug 2010
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i read version 1 of this book a few years ago, which was very informative.
things have moved on a bit and this version covers most of the up to date training methods.
well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Train with power 28 May 2014
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bought the book before I jumped in with a power meter and it explained everything I needed to know. if you're not great at the math you can jump bits in the book but it's still worth a purchase as a reference guide. Mine is never far away
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide 12 Feb 2014
By EB
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Some of the physiology is a bit wayward but it has much improved my use of the PM. Does promote the Training Peaks website a bit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 Jan 2014
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A very comprehensive guide to the background of training with a power meter and loads of practical examples. I was told this book was indispensible if you'd got a power meter, would absolutely agree
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5.0 out of 5 stars The bench mark book 5 Dec 2013
By Rich C
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If you have a power meter then you really should own a copy of this book, packed with back ground information on power meters and how to use them. With detailed training routines and how to test yourself to get find your functional threshold power which is the basis of all power meter training. Then carry out a power profile to find your strengths and weakness's so design a training program to improve your cycling performance.
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