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 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.

The Power Meter Handbook: A User’s Guide for Cyclists and Triathletes
Joe Friel
Paperback with charts and tables throughout
6″ x 8″, 192 pp., $16.95, 9781934030950



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
Making Sense of It All


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

Additional information

Weight 1.00 lbs
Dimensions 8.21 × 6.28 × 0.56 in
Preview book.

“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: A User’s Guide for Cyclists and Triathletes.” — Canadian Cycling magazine

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