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Training and Racing with a Power Meter
Training and Racing with a Power Meter
by Hunter Allen
Edition: Paperback
24 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, Nov. 18 2009
This book will give you no insight into whether or not you will benefit from a power-meter. It presumes you already have one.

If you already have a power-meter and you struggle to know what to do with it, buy this book.

That powermeter without knowing how to use it is about as useful as this book is without a power meter.

This is far far cheaper than paying a coach to interpret and prescribe power focused workouts. Even if you have a coach this book might provide you insight into what is going on and help provide motivation to listen to your coach. I can't see anyone who has a power-meter not benefiting from this book.

Lore of Running
Lore of Running
by Noakes
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book you'll ever read, Nov. 18 2009
This review is from: Lore of Running (Paperback)
This book contains everything you need to know about running. That's it! You will be a better runner if you read it. You don't necessarily have to "apply the concepts" in the book, you will improve just by the nature of knowing what is going on and being more intelligent with regards to running.

It is not for the faint of heart and you won't enjoy it if you like to meet up with a bunch of other overweight women to go for a 2 km jog on Saturday mornings and then go drink coffee and eat enough muffins to doubly-make up for those that you burned on what you call your run. This is a book for real runners who actually run and actually want to accomplish something.

Total Heart Rate Training: Customize and Maximize Your Workout Using a Heart Rate Monitor
Total Heart Rate Training: Customize and Maximize Your Workout Using a Heart Rate Monitor
by Joe Friel
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.12
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Nov. 18 2009
Excellent book. Covers the basics as well as some more advanced concepts relating to training with heart rate. It doesn't delve into a whole ton of exercise physiology which is good, that's what is being advertised here so I didn't expect all of the ins and outs of every model and theory in the academic literature, that said: there is a boatload of information to absorb. Coming in with some basic understanding the beginning was a bit boring and I skimmed until I got to some new concepts. Provides both the practical implications that it is suggesting as well as the reasoning as to why you should listen to him, good book.

Base Building for Cyclists: A New Foundation for Endurance and Performance
Base Building for Cyclists: A New Foundation for Endurance and Performance
by Thomas Chapple
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.40
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as advertised, Nov. 18 2009
This book bills itself as a book focused on Base building. This would imply that it is focused on the base period of training for cycling and not on all aspects of the season. True, this book doesn't delve into race tactics and race strategy but it tries to do a lot more than provide a great deal of insight into the intricacies of base training. I was excited to find such a lengthly book on this topic as I was almost certain it would go into greater detail in this aspect of seasonal periodization and preparation than all of the other books that cover "how to train" in about as many pages. I was wrong, this is one of those books that just tells you how to train. In fact I thought that the insight it offered into base training was particularly uninsightful.

If you're interested to know, the theory in this book ties closely to Friel's 3 basic skills and 3 advanced skills for endurance sport performance. I'm not exactly sure what this author is offering in addition to that although he manages to fill a lot of pages on the topic.

Enough with the disappointment though. This book does offer a good basic introduction to "how to train" and is likely to be helpful to a self-coached athlete who is just starting out with the self-coaching. My impression though was that this was going to enhance my ability to self-coach, and would make a useful addition to my library on the topic. It is not a useful addition to your library though, basically anything you have in your library covers what this book covers, and some of them a lot more succinctly. Okay, I'm back to disappointment so I'll quit with the reviewing!

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