The Power Meter Handbook
A User’s Guide for Cyclists and Triathletes
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
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 seasonPush their limits step by stepTrack fitness changes—reliably and accuratelyPeak predictably for key eventsVastly 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.
The power meter handbook
Amazing how well it has been written. Easy to understand and follow a complex subject. You nail it again.
Doesn't suit my purpose
Offers a lot of background info on what power meter is and does for different athletes, as well as data manipulation, but little by the way of training or racing plans using power meters.
Must Read for New Users of Power Meters
I purchased a power meter (Garmin Edge 1000 - which is a terrific device with excellent customer support) more than a year ago. The only knowledge I had of a power meter is that it will improve the fitness of a cyclist.
In Part 1, Joe Friel provides a thorough teaching of the metrics collected by a power meter. The material, which can be technical, is presented in terms understandable to a rider who has no idea what "Functional Threshold Power (FTP)" means.
The practical benefits are described in Part 2, where Klein provides training plans using a power meter for a triathlon and century races. I used this training program for my first century race and finished with energy left because I paced myself at a targeted "Intensity Factor."
Data from a power meter can be overwhelming, but "The Power Meter Handbook" is a valuable resource for the new user to learn how to ride and train for greater fitness and achieve better performance in cycling events. It is a must read.