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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 Handbookmakes it easy for any cyclist or triathlete to gain a deeper understanding of their performance and get ready for new challenges.
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.
Table of Contents
What is a Power Meter, and How Can It Help Me?
Why Use a Power Meter?
Why Not Heart Rate, Speed, or Feel?
Output and Input
What is Power?
The Basics of Power
How a Power Meter Works
Getting Fitter and Faster with Power
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
Making Sense of it All
How Can I Train More Effectively Using My Power Meter?
Your Power Zones
FTP-Your Most Important Number
Your Personal Power Zones
Riding with Intensity
How Hard Do You Ride?
How Well Do You Pace?
Fitter and Faster
Base Period: Developing Fitness
Build Period: Preparing to Race Fast
Are You Fitter and Faster?
Using Your Power Meter for High Performance
Power and Periodization
How Can I Use My Power Meter to Improve My Competitive Performance?
Power for Road Races and Times Trials
Preparing for Your Race
Power for Triathlons
Preparing for Your Triathlon
Power for Century Rides
Preparing for Your Century Ride
Setting Heart Rate Zones for Cycling
About the Author
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