Run with Power: The Com­plete Guide to Power Me­ters for Run­ning

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The first Chal­lenge Samorin race takes place this Au­gust and will serve as a tune up for the cham­pi­onship race next sum­mer. “This is the most im­por­tant an­nounce­ment in the his­tory of the Chal­lenge-fam­ily race se­ries,” says se­ries CEO Zibi Szlufcik. “We’ve been wait­ing three or four years for some­thing that would raise the level of the sport and this is it.” The race in Samorin will be the first of an an­nual global cham­pi­onship. The race will re­turn to Samorin in 2019. The venue for the 2018 race is still to be an­nounced. The pros will vie for a 150,000 Euro prize purse. “We have 38 venues and 46 races across the globe and this is a bond­ing el­e­ment where we bring all the races to­gether where peo­ple can qual­ify at any of the venues with a straight­for­ward qual­i­fi­ca­tion sys­tem, pro­vid­ing ath­letes with the next op­por­tu­nity,” Szlufcik says. “This has been re­quested for years by ath­letes, race di­rec­tors, the me­dia and the in­dus­try. We are ful­fill­ing all the ex­pec­ta­tions by an­nounc­ing the Cham­pi­onship.” Jim Vance

Few triath­letes, or even run­ners, use a power me­ter on the run, but USA Triathlon coach Jim Vance makes the case for it in his lat­est book, Run with Power. Vance discusses how triath­letes can be­come faster, stronger and more ef­fi­cient by us­ing the data taken from a run power me­ter in their train­ing. Just as is the case with cycling, power me­ters help triath­letes train with ac­cu­racy and use met­rics like watts to reach their po­ten­tial in the sport.

The book an­swers any ques­tion a triath­lete could have with re­gard to power me­ters and run­ning. It pro­vides use­ful charts, ex­plains the dif­fer­ences be­tween train­ing by power ver­sus feel, breaks down all the terms as­so­ci­ated with power train­ing on the run and ex­am­ines how to run with heart rate and power data simultaneously. It also pro­vides eight power-based train­ing plans for race dis­tances from 5K to marathon, which are help­ful for triath­letes rac­ing var­i­ous dis­tances.

Vance leaves no ques­tioned unan­swered in this lengthy guide, which is worth the read for any triath­lete look­ing to truly un­lock their po­ten­tial in triathlon’s fi­nal leg.–

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