The Power Meter Handbook

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  • Copyright: 2012-09-01
  • Publisher: Velopress
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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.

Author Biography

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?p. 3
Why Power?p. 5
Why Not Heart Rate, Speed, or Feel?p. 9
Output and Inputp. 16
Warning!p. 17
What is Power?p. 21
The Basics of Powerp. 21
How a Power Meter Worksp. 25
Getting Fitter and Faster with Powerp. 26
Getting Started with your Power Meterp. 33
What's on Your Handlebars?p. 34
KiloJoules, Average Power, and Normalized Powerp. 40
Power's Relationships with Time and Heart Ratep. 44
Making Sense of it Allp. 47
How Can I Train More Effectively Using My Power Meter?
Your Power Zonesp. 51
Power Zonesp. 51
FTP-Your Most Important Numberp. 52
Your Personal Power Zonesp. 61
Riding with Intensityp. 71
How Hard Do You Ride?p. 72
How Well Do You Pace?p. 77
Burning Matchesp. 84
Fitter and Fasterp. 91
Base Period: Developing Fitnessp. 92
Build Period: Preparing to Race Fastp. 101
Are You Fitter and Faster?p. 105
Using Your Power Meter for High Performancep. 117
Power-Training Componentsp. 118
Power and Periodizationp. 125
Performance Managementp. 135
How Can I Use My Power Meter to Improve My Competitive Performance?
Power for Road Races and Times Trialsp. 139
What's Important?p. 140
Preparing for Your Racep. 154
Power for Triathlonsp. 165
What's Important?p. 166
Preparing for Your Triathlonp. 174
Power for Century Ridesp. 191
What's Important?p. 191
Preparing for Your Century Ridep. 201
Power-Based Workoutsp. 211
Setting Heart Rate Zones for Cyclingp. 217
Analysis Softwarep. 219
Glossaryp. 221
Acknowledgmentsp. 225
Indexp. 227
About the Authorp. 233
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