Recommended Reading on Nutrition, Training, Psychology and Entertainment


I know there is a blog post on this at ( that Coach Chat put up there. But I thought that it would be good to get a community view and have a TrainerRoad Recommended reading thread that people can add to.

Keeping it high and wide with these categories (appreciate there will be sub categories within them too!) :


The Power Meter Handbook: A User’s Guide for Cyclists and Triathletes

By: Joe Friel

Training and Racing with a Power Meter, 2nd Edition

By: Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan PhD

The Triathlete’s Guide to Training with Power

By: Dr. Philip Friere Skiba

The Ultimate Ride: Get Fit, Get Fast and Start Winning with the World’s Top Cycling Coach

By: Chris Carmichael with Jim Rutberg

The Core Advantage: Core Strength for Cycling’s Winning Edge

By: Tom Danielson and Allison Westfahl

Triathlon Science: The Ultimate Nexus of Knowledge and Performance

By: Joel Friel and Jim Vance

Going Long: Training for Triathlon’s Ultimate Challenge

By: Joe Friel and Gordon Byron

Scientific Training for Triathletes

By: Dr. Philip Friere Skiba


Nutrient Timing: The Future of Sports Nutrition

By: John Ivy, Ph.D. & Robert Portman, Ph. D.

Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance

By: Matt Fitzgerald


How bad do you want it?

By: Matt Fitzgerald

Black Box Thinking

By: Matthew Syed

The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness

By: Prof Steve Peters


Breaking The Chain: Drugs and Cycling - The True Story

By: Willy Voet

Outliers: The Story of Success

By: Malcolm Gladwell


By: Matthew Syed

The Way of the Cycling Discipline: The Rules

By: Velominati

Bike Snob: Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling

By: BikeSnobNYC

The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France

By: Tyler Hamilton

How to Be a Pro for $10 a Day: From Fat Kid to Euro Pro

By: Phil Gaimon

Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force

By: Daniel Coyle

The Talent Code

By: Daniel Coyle

Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong

By: David Walsh

It’s Not About The Bike: My Journey Back to Life

By: Lance Armstrong

Inside Team Sky

By: David Walsh

Faster: The Obsession, Science and Luck Behind the World’s Fastest Cyclists

By: Dr Michael Hutchinson

Racing Through the Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar

By: David Millar

Books that make you faster
Books that make you faster

Great list! A few more.

The Endurance Diet by Fitzgerald

Draft Animals by Phil Gaimon

Domestique by Charlie Wegelius

Books I haven’t read but plan to:
Gironimo by Tom Moore
The Descent by Thomas Dekker


Good list, I’ve read quite a few from there. Bounce (by Matthew Syed) and The Secret Race (by Tyler Hamilton) are a couple of my favourites.

For the runners out there, this a great book:
Running with the Kenyans (by Adharanand Finn)

With regards to psychology, this is a decent read that builds on the concepts from The Chimp Paradox:
Calm the F*ck Down (by Simon Marshall)

A decent triathlon training book you hadn’t mentioned is this one:
The Well-Built Triathlete (by Matt Dixon)


Why We Sleep
By: Matthew Walker

Beyond Training
By: Ben Greenfield

By: Alex Hutchinson


+1 for this, real interesting read :+1:


The Rider by Tim Krabbe

“Non-racers. The emptiness of those lives shocks me.”


I think the 3rd edition is coming out next month. Just an FYI to anyone that might be interested.


Here’s some good mountaineering ones. A mix of entertainment and psychology.

Ed Viesturs

  • No shortcuts to the top
  • K2: life and death on the worlds most dangerous mountain

Joe Simpson

  • Touching the void

Jon Krakauer

  • Eiger Dreams
  • Into thin air


Slaying the Badger


Training for us oldies,

Fast After 50 by Joe Friel


another vote for Endure by Alex Hutchison.


On Nutrition By Dr Jason Fung.
(For us overweight riders)
The obesity code
The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent fasting
The diabetes code.


Sucking the Marrow Out of Life: The John Maclean Story by John MacLean

An older one, but worth a read. If you don’t know John Maclean, worth looking him up also. Inspiring story…