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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 2:56 pm 
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I have Friel's 3rd edition. Doesn't really have power information in it, but it's otherwise a good overview of thinking about training plans. Is it worth getting the 4th edition?

Mixed reviews from some on "Training and Racing With a Power Meter" insofar as its apparantly being geared towards WKO+ (I'm on a Mac, don't need that) and not really having detailed training information in the book itself, directing you more towards their subscription-based site. This true?

What would you recommend? Or is simply having Friel's 3rd edition book and rummaging around the 'net enough?

Thanks in advance!


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Google [wattage] group is a great resource; its a little forum that has a ton of great info. The best thing to do first is just to do a FTP test as suggested in "racing and training with a powermeter." This will let you set some zones and then the book has some suggested workouts and plans. The other option is to continue riding like you have been and then review the workouts and then adapt.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:41 am 
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angrylegs wrote:
Mixed reviews from some on "Training and Racing With a Power Meter" insofar as its apparantly being geared towards WKO+ (I'm on a Mac, don't need that) and not really having detailed training information in the book itself, directing you more towards their subscription-based site. This true?


Well, that'd depend on what you understand by detailed training information.

They explain how to figure out what kind of rider you are and how to assess your strengths and weakness, using the tools available in WKO+. If your software provides the same tools, cool, if not, you need to figure it out yourself, but the books still explains what you're looking for.

You do have to read and understand what they are saying instead of just klick this, look at figure x, compare to y, tada.

If you're willing to do that, it will be worth your money and time.

And they do provide a ton of power based work outs and, IIRC, two sample training plans, that might be worth your money alone, if they they suit your.

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"Training and Racing With a Power Meter" and GoldenCheetah on your mac and you are good to go!

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I also use Golden Cheetah and TARWAPM.

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Great. Thanks for the replies everyone!


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I use RaceDay http://www.physfarm.com/inside/raceday.html and both of his books are worth a read http://www.physfarm.com/store/


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:05 pm 
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Giant DK wrote:
"Training and Racing With a Power Meter" and GoldenCheetah on your mac and you are good to go!


Just an update:

Not sure what some reviews I read were going on about, but "Training and Racing With a Power Meter" is pretty much indispensible imho. I'm also happy with Golden Cheetah. Thanks again for the input everyone!


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