The Power Meter Handbook: A User's Guide For Cyclists And Triathletes by Joe FrielThe Power Meter Handbook: A User's Guide For Cyclists And Triathletes by Joe Friel

The Power Meter Handbook: A User's Guide For Cyclists And Triathletes

byJoe Friel

Paperback | September 1, 2012

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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.

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 respe...
Title:The Power Meter Handbook: A User's Guide For Cyclists And TriathletesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.21 × 6.28 × 0.56 inPublished:September 1, 2012Publisher:VeloPressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1934030953

ISBN - 13:9781934030950

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Real Goods! Now at 63 this book has become my training bible. It is certainly the best of many that I have read. Not a lot of motivational stuff - just solid advice on how to train well and the science behind why it should work. I look forward to some new Personal Records this summer!
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't be fooled by age Nearing 50 and after 17 years of not cycling I picked up this book. I have always been a cycling fanatic and follow the sport but due to circumstances I put cycling as part of my life aside for years and found the spark back at 47. This book touches science on aging as well as proper training, rest, and recovery for those of us nearing 50 or past 50 but don't be fooled by age; we can still bike and yes race. This book was such an inspiration to me that in 2016 I built my own customized carbon fiber racing bike.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A++ physique + life altering. An amazing bare bones approach to what should be done that we all sort of forgot about somewhere along the way! Thanks Mike! I'm back on track after 20yrs. Better late than never.
Date published: 2015-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! is so full of information and it reference to many research studies. I've spend so much money on trainers, training programs that would make me end up very tired. I like very much the training programs and with this book I learned to count macros, which was a thing that I never understood. Thank you Michael, I can't wait to show off my results. :)
Date published: 2015-08-11
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Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bigger, leaner, stronger! Get it ! A very educated and interesting read for anyone passionate about health, fitness, natural bodybuilding and much more! Also I could see this being great for anyone just breaching into the lifestyle. I couldn't stop reading this book and finished it the first day. Very excited to start implementing the principles and see the results, would recommend to anyone looking to see past a lot of the bull**** surrounding the fitness industry. 10-10
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read Concise, plenty of citations and well structured. Should probably rate after a while of following the advice, but it feels good so far. Used it whilst taking a break from CrossFit
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A simple solution to the multitudes of broscience! Anyone trying to improve their musculature can go to a zillion forums online and get lost for hours reading conflicting ideas on the best ways to go about it. What attracted me right away to this book was how clear the opening pages were about what areas to focus on (including 4-6 reps per set) and what's largely bogus stuff (confusing the muscles, constant searches for variations, etc). By far the author's strengths are laying out a simple book that outlines what workouts work best (large muscle groups, avoiding too much time on isolation exercises) and how to set your week out accordingly. As a reader, I will be rereading most the areas focusing on nutrition as the sheer variety of foods and options available to us in western societies makes it difficult to track caloric intake and the nature of that intake. It's where I've been most negligent too. Things I hope the author will include in future editions or other books would include a section on main body types; mesamorphs, ectomorphs, etc. This is still largely lacking in our working-out consciousness but has such an impact on the nature of the movements themselves. I would recommend this book best for someone who has a moderate amount of weight-lifting experience already as it is so easy and natural to bust through plateaus by reading this book. It's like a lighthouse amidst the fog of bro-noise out there. But it could be very inspirational for new exercisers as well. Also, I really feel that it appeals to both young and old demographics as there isn't too much in there about "jacking up" or what have you that might put senior citizens off. Thanks for writing a book that delivers and has given my physical fitness outlook a new lease and inspiration.
Date published: 2014-07-09
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Date published: 2014-02-17
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Date published: 2013-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A New Me I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads giveaway. There is a line of thought that if you state a goal or an objective, the universe will work to help you achieve it. Awhile ago, I said I need to do something to loose a few pound and get into better shape. Then I won this book. Okay universe, I need a million dollars. The main mesaage of the book is that if you want to change your body, you need to change three things. Your diet, your work out regime and you attitude. That sums it up. The atitude part is up to you. The author tells and shows us how. I found these examples very useful in uderstanding what he was trying to accomplish. The opening chapters has the defintions of many terms that are used in the health, nutrition and fitness. This part left me a little confused as I did know what he was trying to accomplish here. It became evident later on. I liked the book. It was not a long book. The author admited that it could be longer if he want to explain all the arious exercises in detail. He gave us websites to visit to get a better and more thorough explanation of exercises and how to do them. He advovates the use of free weights. He says to stay away from fad diets and fancy supplements. As soon as I implement everything in the book, or at least make a difference in my life, I will recommend the book. But don't wait for me, read it and see if you can change your life
Date published: 2013-07-01

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



Editorial Reviews

"Renowned coach Joe Friel demystifies this training tool and offers 12 power-based workouts, as well as weekly training schedules for road races, time trials, triathlons, and century rides." -- Bicycling magazine"One of the most trusted coaches in the sport." -- LAVA magazine "A simplified approach to using a power meter effectively." -- Cycling Weekly"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 "The ridiculously, underutilized power meter finally has a handbook to help you get the full benefit. Packed full of specific, useful information, if you own a power meter, [The Power Meter Handbook] is an absolute essential piece of equipment." -- "A great introduction to using a power meter for your bike." -- "Many of us have spent thousands on sophisticated power meters, so it seems another $16.95 to make sure we're using them to their fullest potential is a no-brainer. After a few chapters to make sure you understand your power meter and what those numbers you're drooling over really mean, Friel helps you determine your individual power zones and functional threshold power. From here he helps you determine when and how to train harder, build a better base, and the crux of it all: get fitter and faster to improve overall competitive performance." --"Training using a power meter can seem like a daunting undertaking, but coach and author of The Cyclist's Training Bible Joe Friel simplifies the process in his new book, The Power Meter Handbook." -- Canadian Cycling magazine