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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
The Power Meter Handbook
- Precisely match your training to your race season
- Push your limits step by step
- Pinpoint your fi tness changes—reliably and accurately
- Peak predictably for key events
- Vastly improve your training efficiency
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.
"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
"Joe Friel has spent most of his life in devotion to the understanding and teaching of sport. Joe has managed to focus on the key components to athletic success while weeding out the noise." — Justin Daerr, professional triathlete
"One of the most trusted coaches in the sport." — LAVA magazine
"I find Friel's book [The Cyclist’s Training Bible to be] a treasure of information for cyclists of all levels." — Andy Hampsten, 1988 Giro d'Italia winner, 1992 Tour de France stage winner at Alpe d'Huez
"25 years of active multisport coaching has proven that Joe Friel has an unprecedented understanding of endurance sports. As a multiple triathlon world champion, I would consider Joe as one of the leading figures in triathlon coaching today. Joe’s professional approach and practical understanding of sports physiology has helped many endurance athletes of all abilities reach their full athletic potential." — Simon Lessing, 5-time Triathlon World Champion
"Joe Friel’s wealth of knowledge in triathlon is astounding and he has a wonderful way of sharing that knowledge with all athletes from beginners to elite professionals." — Siri Lindley, Triathlon World Champion
"Whether you’re a beginning triathlete or a seasoned pro, Joe Friel is the leading authority on triathlon training." — Ryan Bolton, Ironman winner and 2000 U.S. Olympic team member
"Joe does the hard work for the beginning triathlete by condensing, prioritizing, and simplifying all the science and practical experience which he has mastered over decades of coaching." — Barb Lindquist, 2004 USA Olympic Team
“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 were 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 youre 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 Cyclists Training Bible Joe Friel simplifies the process in his new book, The Power Meter Handbook: A Users Guide for Cyclists and Triathletes."" — Canadian Cycling magazine
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.
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.
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.
About the Author
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. 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.
Table of Contents
ForewordIntroduction PART I: WHY POWER MATTERS Chapter 1: Why Use a Power Meter?
Why Power?Why Not Heart Rate, Speed, or Feel?Output and InputWarning! Chapter 2: What Is Power?
The Basics of PowerHow a Power Meter WorksGetting Fitter and Faster With Power Chapter 3: Getting Started With Your Power Meter
What’s on Your Handlebars?KiloJoules, Average Power, and Normalized PowerPower’s Relationships with Time and Heart RateMaking Sense of It All PART II: TRAINING MORE EFFECTIVELY Chapter 4: Your Power Zones
Power ZonesFTP—Your Most Important NumberYour 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 ComparedPower and EnergyAre You Tired?Are You Fitter and Faster? Chapter 7: Using Your Power Meter for High Performance
Power Training ComponentsPower and PeriodizationPerformance Management PART III: IMPROVING COMPETITIVE PERFORMANCE Chapter 8: Power Training for Time Trials and Triathlons
What’s Important?Preparing for Your TriathlonPreparing for Your Time TrialSteady-State Racing With Power Chapter 9: Power Training for Road Racing
What’s Important?Preparing for Your Road RaceRoad Racing With Power Chapter 10: Power Training for Endurance Events
What’s Important?Preparing for Your EventCentury Rides With PowerMulti-Day Tours With Power Chapter 11: Power Training for Mountain Bike Racing
What’s Important?Preparing for Your Mountain Bike RaceMountain Bike Racing With Power Appendix A: Power-Based WorkoutsAppendix B: Analysis SoftwareAbbreviationsGlossary