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FIRST LOOK: Latest power training book

Knowledge is power

VeloPress has published Training and Racing with a Power Meter by Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan, Ph.D. This is the first book to fully explore the benefits and methodology of training with power. Many riders are now looking at this form of training so this book will hopefully unravel some of the science behind power meters.

Pros like Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis have long used power meters to prepare for competitions, but as manufacturers have improved the technology and made it more affordable, amateur cyclists are now clamoring for the advantage of training with power. With every crank of the pedals, these power meters reveal how cyclists can improve their performance, but many cyclists still don’t understand how to get the most from the technology.

Using a power meter, readers will track workouts, target weaknesses, and time peak power output. Sample graphs and easy-to-digest information show readers the numbers they will need to win climbs, sprints, time trials, and stage races.

Riders who haven’t used a power meter will find this book to be a step-by-step introduction. Training and Racing with a Power Meter is also a guide to the available power meters with side-by-side comparisons, recommendations for different user styles, installation notes, and clear directions on how to interpret the data different models provide.

For cyclists who are already training with power, this book is the “missing manual” to help them better understand their data and delve deeper into the numbers. Authors Allen and Coggan have devised unique methods to calculate the impact of intensity and volume, as well as the patterns that emerge over a long season of training. Whether for pacing or planning the most important race of the season, power can unlock potential even for the most experienced cyclists.

Hunter Allen 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 600 victories and numerous national championship titles and medals. Hunter has analyzed thousands of power meter files and in conjunction with Dr. Coggan, he developed his own power meter software.

Andrew Coggan, Ph.D., is an internationally known exercise physiologist. He has published numerous scientific articles on a diverse range of topics including the effects of carbohydrates on cycling performance, physiological adaptations to endurance training, and the effects of aging on muscle metabolism during exercise. Andrew is a widely recognized as the leading expert on the use of power meters in training and developed many of the concepts used in training today. He earned his Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Texas and an M.S. in human bioenergetics from Ball State University.

We’ve asked for a review copy and will have one here shortly.

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