Training and Racing with a Power Meter
Training and Racing with a Power Meter brings the advanced power-based training techniques of elite cyclists and triathletes to everyone.
A power meter can unlock more speed and endurance than any other training tool—for those who understand how to interpret their data. By quantifying exactly how much energy a cyclist expends, power meters lend unprecedented insight int...more
Overall, however, it's limited by a couple of factors. Firstly, the authors haven't really settled on a target audience or complexity level. They tell you what you can measure ...more
Surely this book, along with power meters, were revolutionary for the cycling community, as was Allen and Coggan's research. They a ...more
I am a triathlete and I picked this book up to learn more ways to utilize power in my training. It turned out there weren't a lot of ways to do so: This book is focused mostly on road cyclists (not exclusively, but mostly). Unlike road cycling, triathlon does not include sprints or similiar things, making power profiling and the like rather useless for triathlon. The other major analysis tool they present is the quadrant analysis ...more
Something useful concepts that I am not familiar with: Power profile. This is what I've missing for long time. I am curious to test my guess. The method to calculate different time periods (iLevel) to make power duration curve (PDV), which gives more accurate picture than just using discrete data points (5s, 1m, 5m).
I don't think ...more
This book took me quite some time to finish as there is so much detail about the analysis and interpretation of the data that the power meters provides that it takes some time to get your head around it all and digest it before moving on to the next section. I am glad I did take the extra time to read each section carefully though as ...more
Only reason I give it 4 instead of 5: a little out of date on the facts (inevitable with technology moving so rapidly); and, more serious criticism, a little to heavy on examples for hypothetical athletes. The part about building a program, for example, walks through a hypothetical athlete and his schedule. Great, but that doesn't give any abstracted rules to allow one to generate myriad other programs.
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