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The Power Meter Handbook: A User's Guide for Cyclists and Triathletes

The Power Meter Handbook: A User's Guide for Cyclists and Triathletes

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By (author) Joe Friel

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  • Publisher: VELOPRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 203mm x 18mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 20 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Boulder
  • ISBN 10: 1934030953
  • ISBN 13: 9781934030950
  • Illustrations note: charts & tables throughout
  • Sales rank: 16,291

Product description

Power meters measure a cyclist's strength, but this revolutionary training technology can benefit everyone, not just the most powerful riders. In "The Power Meter Handbook", the most trusted coach in endurance sports offers a simple user's guide to help cyclists and triathletes master the fundamentals of training with power. Friel shows cyclists how to sift through noisy data to focus on just the most important measurements. Armed with the techniques they need to know, riders will master power training concepts, accurately interpret their data, and learn how to harness this revolutionary technology to earn big performance gains from their day-to-day training. In simple language, the most trusted coach in endurance sports makes understanding a power meter easy, no advanced degrees or tech savvy required. Cyclists and triathletes will master the basics to reveal how powerful they are. Focusing on their most important data, they'll discover hidden power, refine their pacing, and find out how many matches they can burn on any given day. Once they understand the fundamentals, Friel will show how to apply his proven training approach to gain big performance in road races, time trials, triathlons, and century rides. Power meters aren't just for the pros or racers anymore. "The Power Meter Handbook" makes it easy for any cyclist or triathlete to gain a deeper understanding of their performance and get ready for new challenges.

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Joe Friel is the best-selling author of The Cyclist's Training Bible, The Triathlete's Training Bible, Your Best Triathlon, and Your First Triathlon. His TrainingBible Coaching franchise is one of the most successful and respected in endurance sports. Joe has trained endurance athletes since 1980, including national champions, world championship contenders, and Olympic athletes in triathlon, duathlon, road cycling, and mountain biking. He is an elite-certified USA Triathlon and USA Cycling Coach and holds a master's degree in exercise science.

Review quote

"Renowned coach Joe Friel demystifies this training tool and offers 12 power-based workouts, as well as weekly training schedules for road races, time trials, triathlons, and century rides." -- "Bicycling "magazine ""One of the most trusted coaches in the sport."" -- "LAVA "magazine "A simplified approach to using a power meter effectively." -- "Cycling Weekly" ""Joe Friel is arguably the most experienced personal cycling coach in the U.S., and his book "The Cyclist's Training Bible" has become, well... the Bible of the sport."" -- "Bicycling "magazine "The ridiculously, underutilized power meter finally has a handbook to help you get the full benefit. Packed full of specific, useful information, if you own a power meter, ["The Power Meter Handbook"] is an absolute essential piece of equipment." -- TriEdge.net "A great introduction to using a power meter for your bike." -- Boston.com "Many of us have spent thousands on sophisticated power meters, so it seems another $16.95 to make sure we're using them to their fullest potential is a no brainer. After a few chapters to make sure you understand your power meter and what those numbers you're drooling over really mean, Friel helps you determine your individual power zones and functional threshold power. From here he helps you determine when and how to train harder, build a better base, and the crux of it all: get fitter and faster to improve overall competitive performance." -- BikeRumor.com ""Training using a power meter can seem like a daunting undertaking, but coach and author of "The Cyclist's Training Bible" Joe Friel simplifies the process in his new book, "The Power Meter Handbook: A User's Guide for Cyclists and Triathletes"."" -- "Canadian Cycling "magazine

Back cover copy

IT'S TRUE: A power meter is the best training tool you can put on your bike. Even if you have been racing for years, a power meter can take you from the middle of the pack to the podium in one season. But having a power meter is one thing; knowing how to use it is another. "The Power Meter Handbook "will demystify the numbers, clarify the setup, and show you how to train with power in simple terms. Joe Friel's power meter system will immediately improve your fitness, speed, and training. With "The Power Meter Handbook "you will: Precisely match your training to your race seasonPush your limits step by stepPinpoint your fi tness changes--reliably and accuratelyPeak predictably for key eventsVastly improve your training efficiency "The Power Meter Handbook "includes weekly training schedules for road racing, time trials, triathlons, and century rides. And 12 power-based workouts will build your aerobic endurance, muscular force, sprint speed, and climbing. Train smarter and race faster with "The Power Meter Handbook." It's your one-stop guide to a higher level of fitness. JOE FRIEL is the best-selling author of "The Cyclist's Training Bible "and "The Triathlete's Training Bible "and cofounder of TrainingPeaks.com. As one of America's most trusted coaches, he has trained national athletes and represented the United States at world championships.