Power Meter Handbook

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

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In The Power Meter Handbook, Joe Friel offers cyclists and triathletes a simple user's guide to using a power meter for big performance gains.

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.

With The Power Meter Handbook, riders will:

Precisely match their training to their race season
Push their limits step by step
Track fitness changes--reliably and accurately
Peak predictably for key events
Vastly improve training efficiency

Power meters aren't just for the pros or racers anymore. Now The Power Meter Handbook makes it easy for any cyclist or triathlete to find new speed with cycling's most advanced gear.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 160 x 209 x 14mm | 454g
  • Boulder, United States
  • English
  • B&w illustrations throughout.
  • 1934030953
  • 9781934030950
  • 58,251

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 fitness 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.
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Table of contents




Chapter 1: Why Use a Power Meter?

Why Power?

Why Not Heart Rate, Speed, or Feel?

Output and Input


Chapter 2: What Is Power?

The Basics of Power

How a Power Meter Works

Getting Fitter and Faster With Power

Chapter 3: Getting Started With Your Power Meter

What's on Your Handlebars?

KiloJoules, Average Power, and Normalized Power

Power's Relationships with Time and Heart Rate


Chapter 4: Your Power Zones

Power Zones

FTP: Your Most Important Number

Your Personal Power Zones

Chapter 5: Riding with Intensity

How Hard Did You Ride?

How Well Did You Pace?

Burning Matches

Chapter 6: Are You Fitter and Faster?

Power and Heart Rate Compared

Power and Energy

Are You Tired?

Are You Fitter and Faster?

Chapter 7: Using Your Power Meter for High Performance

Power Training Components

Power and Periodization

Performance Management


Chapter 8: Power Training for Time Trials and Triathlons

What's Important?

Preparing for Your Triathlon

Preparing for Your Time Trial

Steady-State Racing With Power

Chapter 9: Power Training for Road Racing

What's Important?

Preparing for Your Road Race

Road Racing With Power

Chapter 10: Power Training for Endurance Events

What's Important?

Preparing for Your Event

Century Rides With Power

Multi-Day Tours With Power

Chapter 11: Power Training for Mountain Bike Racing

What's Important?

Preparing for Your Mountain Bike Race

Mountain Bike Racing With Power

Appendix A: Power-Based Workouts

Appendix B: Analysis Software


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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." -- Canadian Cycling magazine
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About Joe Friel

Joe Friel is the most trusted endurance sports coach in the world. He is the best-selling author of The Triathlete's Training Bible, The Cyclist's Training Bible, Fast After 50, Going Long, Your Best Triathlon, The Power Meter Handbook, and Your First Triathlon. His TrainingBible Coaching service 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. He conducts training and racing seminars around the world and provides consulting services for corporations in the fitness industry. He has also been active in business as the founder of Ultrafit, an association of coaching businesses; TrainingPeaks, a web-based software company; and TrainingBible Coaching.
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