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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress; 2nd Revised edition edition (15 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030554
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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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"
“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
“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.” &mda

""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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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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Essential reading for cyclists either using or contemplating using power meters in their training. All the important metrics are explained and their use in training is clearly explained. The interpretation of power data and how to use the data to develop training plans is set out together with example workouts to illustrate case studies. Training peaks software is used for analysis; however, much of the same functionality is available in (free) Golden Cheetah software.
I highly recommend this book.
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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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In short - a superb book. Very useful information for someone training or racing with a power meter. You need to spend some time reading the book and then investing time in keeping all your riding statistics up to date. This time will be well spent as you will have the knowledge to analyse your data and hopefully optimise your training and racing.
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This has opened my eyes to what I can do to improve my racing and pacing. Love the analytics of it.
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The book is very thorough, which it needs to be to fully cover the benefits of training with a £600+ piece of equipment. It covers every known aspect of training with a power meter. I have only given 3 stars because most (If not all) of the information in the book is found WORD for WORD on the internet, a lot of it even on the authors own website (hunter allen's power blog). So overall it's good to have as all the information is presented in a coherent order; however I do feel ripped-off...
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This is quite an amazing book for the Cyclist or Triathlete who is trying to move from fit to being actually fast. Developing consistent speed over any real distance e.g 10kM TT or Olympic Distance Bike race requires an understanding of your Threshold Power. Getting fast up a 5min or better yet 30min climb requires a detailed understanding of the difference between training for Vo2Max and SubThreshold. This book explains the ways to develop these specific fitness goals. I have the Kindle and Paperback version. I felt that the paperback was worth it given the need to flick back and forth. When the book arrived it exceeded my expectations. It is much better as a paperback.
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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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