Training and Racing with a Power Meter

Training and Racing with a Power Meter

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By (author) Hunter Allen, By (author) Andrew Coggan

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  • Publisher: VELOPRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 187mm x 235mm x 21mm | 694g
  • Publication date: 26 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Boulder
  • ISBN 10: 1934030554
  • ISBN 13: 9781934030554
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: b&w photos, tables & charts
  • Sales rank: 5,679

Product description

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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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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""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

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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.