Training and Racing with a Power Meter

Training and Racing with a Power Meter

by Hunter Allen, Andrew Coggan

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934030554
Publisher: VeloPress
Publication date: 04/26/2010
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 525,630
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Hunter Allen is one of the world’s top experts in training with power meters. He is a USA Cycling Level 1 Cycling Coach, owner of the Peaks Coaching Group, and a former professional cyclist with the Navigators Team. He has been coaching endurance athletes of varied experience levels since 1995, and his athletes have achieved more than 1,000 victories and numerous national and world championship titles and medals. Allen has analyzed thousands of power-meter files. His efforts to help athletes and coaches communicate training information helped develop TrainingPeaks WKO+ software. Allen has been teaching USA Cycling power meter certification courses since 2005.

Andrew R. Coggan, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized exercise physiologist. He has published numerous scientific articles on a diverse range of topics, including the effects of carbohydrates on cycling performance, the physiological adaptations to endurance training, and the effects of aging on muscle metabolism during exercise. A national-caliber masters cyclist and time trial record holder, Dr. Coggan is also widely recognized as one of the leading experts on the use of power meters. He is the originator of the normalized power, TSS, power profiling, quadrant analysis, and the Performance Manager concepts. In 2006, he was honored for these applied sports science efforts with USA Cycling’s Sport Science Award and by being named as one of three Finalists for the US Olympic Committee’s Doc Counsilman Award.

Stephen McGregor, Ph.D., is an exercise physiologist and USA Cycling instructor. He is Director of the Applied Physiology Lab at Eastern Michigan University and a USA Cycling instructor who teaches coaches about physiology, general training, and training with a power meter. McGregor also coaches for Peaks Coaching Group. His own experience, first as an elite cyclist and more recently as a masters-level athlete, helps him keep the science and data analysis grounded in the day-to-day concerns of training and racing.

Table of Contents


Preface to the Third Edition




1 Why Train with a Power Meter?

2 Power Tools

3 Power-Based Training: Where to Begin?

4 Determining Your Strengths and Weaknesses

5 Using Power for Optimal Workouts

6 Interpreting the Data

7 Beyond Average Power

8 Using Power to Manage Performance

9 Developing a Power-Based Training Plan

10 Tracking Changes in Your Fitness

11 A Powerful Triathlete

12 Racing Faster with a Power Meter

13 Power for Other Disciplines: Cyclocross, Track Cycling, Ultraendurance cycling

14 Putting It All Together

Appendix A: Additional Resources

Appendix B: Workout Guide



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"Training and Racing with a Power Meter is the ultimate guide to training with power. Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan are, without a doubt, the most knowledgeable people on the planet when it comes to power meters.” — Joe Friel, world-recognized endurance sports coach and author of The Cyclist's Training Bible

"Training and Racing with a Power Meter is a comprehensive look at the technological and physical aspects of power and fatigue-based testing. It also includes coaching and training sessions to target weaknesses highlighted by the data. It’s essential reading.” —

"Training and Racing with a Power Meter presents useful information on how to delve deeper into the numbers and recognize patterns that surface over a season. Every triathlete can benefit from the book’s in-depth info and detailed graphs showing the numbers you need to kill the competition.” — Triathlete magazine

"By far the best instruction manual I’ve seen is Training and Racing with a Power Meter. The book has enough scientific detail and analysis to satisfy even the most demanding numbers junkie, while remaining readable and useful to even the casual power enthusiast.” — Stephen Cheung, PhD,

"Training and Racing with a Power Meter has enough scientific detail and analysis to satisfy even the most demanding numbers junkie while remaining readable and useful to even the casual power enthusiast.” — Canadian Cycling magazine

"Once mastered, Training and Racing with a Power Meter could help provide any cyclist with the kind of information usually available only to elite pro riders.” — Competitor magazine

"Better make sure you have the ultimate “instruction manual” for all things power.” —

"Training and Racing with a Power Meter is the most logically structured and comprehensive manual in print on how a rider can get maximum performance improvement from this device.” —

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