The Power Meter Handbook: A User's Guide for Cyclists and Triathletes

The Power Meter Handbook: A User's Guide for Cyclists and Triathletes

by Joe Friel


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934030950
Publisher: VeloPress
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 428,240
Product dimensions: 6.28(w) x 8.21(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range: 15 Years

About the Author

Joe Friel is the most trusted endurance sports coach in the world. He is the best-selling author of The Triathlete's Training Bible , The Cyclist's Training Bible , Fast After 50 , Going Long , Your Best Triathlon , The Power Meter Handbook , and Your First Triathlon. His TrainingBible Coaching service 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




Chapter 1: Why Use a Power Meter?

Why Power?

Why Not Heart Rate, Speed, or Feel?

Output and Input


Chapter 2: What Is Power?

The Basics of Power

How a Power Meter Works

Getting Fitter and Faster With Power

Chapter 3: 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


Chapter 4: Your Power Zones

Power Zones

FTP: Your Most Important Number

Your 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 Compared

Power and Energy

Are You Tired?

Are You Fitter and Faster?

Chapter 7: Using Your Power Meter for High Performance

Power Training Components

Power and Periodization

Performance Management


Chapter 8: Power Training for Time Trials and Triathlons

What's Important?

Preparing for Your Triathlon

Preparing for Your Time Trial

Steady-State Racing With Power

Chapter 9: Power Training for Road Racing

What's Important?

Preparing for Your Road Race

Road Racing With Power

Chapter 10: Power Training for Endurance Events

What's Important?

Preparing for Your Event

Century Rides With Power

Multi-Day Tours With Power

Chapter 11: Power Training for Mountain Bike Racing

What's Important?

Preparing for Your Mountain Bike Race

Mountain Bike Racing With Power

Appendix A: Power-Based Workouts

Appendix B: Analysis Software



What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"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

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The Power Meter Handbook: A User's Guide for Cyclists and Triathletes 1.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is well written and informative. However it is painful to read on my IPad with the Nook app. The font is so small it is very difficult to see. I would not recommend this book in the electronic form. I have not seen the paper book so I cannot comment on it's readability.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I made the mistake of purchasing this book without reading user reviews. The Nook is unreadable. The font is too small and does not scale to a larger more readable font
AAZ More than 1 year ago
This Nook version is unreadable.  The font is micro and not adjustable.