I am a biiiiiiiiigggg fan of the Sally Edwards/Sally Reed series.
They have a great book out there called "The Heart Rate Monitor Book for Outdoor and Indoor Cyclists". There is also the "Heart Rate Monitor Workbook for Indoor Cyclists" for those that want to work on trainers, fixed gear bikes, etc. Then they have the logbook that goes with the training books called the "Heart Rate Monitor Log" where you can keep up with weekly workouts, plus rate your sport activity, keep up the mileage, assign points per workout, etc. It's pretty extensive, and if you understand the principles behind the workout, you will understand how to use the log book. Finally, if you get the "Heart Rate Monitor Book for Outdoor and Indoor Cyclists", you get the CD Rom that comes with it for downloadable heart rate monitors. It's a priceless jewel.
When I first started training, I picked up one of Sally Edwards first books she wrote (when Polar came to her and asked her to put together a comprehensive book that would explain HOW the heart rate monitor would work for the average athlete). It was called "The Heart Rate Monitor Book", and anyone who hasn't read a comprehensive book about how to use a heart rate monitor needs to pick the book up. It blew me away- put everything into simplistic terms that I could use. From there, I was able to begin to train much more realistically using a heart rate monitor. From there, I spent another couple of years reading her books, as well as several other books out there in the fitness field from other authors. I have to say, out of all the authors I've read, hers is the most understandable, most readable, and most applicable to the average individual. The books, workbooks, and CD Rom can be used for all levels, unlike several of the authors out there. She and Sally Reed are wonderful authorities on the subject.
Also, they are often available to answer questions or speak with you- you can call the number on their website- www.heartzones.com
(a shameless promotion for their materials) in Seattle and get Sally Edwards. You can also email any of them directly, and they are very responsive.
Ok, it's drooling- I really like them, and maybe it's because they're women, and I find it refreshing that there are women who are authority figures in this field. I've also met them both, and I've found them quite refreshing to converse with.
All right, I'm wiping the drool off my face and moving on- but I wouldn't necessarily take into stock some of those comments on the website- I bet if I spent 30 minutes talking with half of them, chances are, they have very little understanding of the material. Sometimes, the root of hostility comes from lack of understanding which results in frustration. Totally understandable.....
My review of Sally Edwards. I hold a lot of authors in high regard-including Joel Friel and Ed Burke, however, I am more inclined to lean towards the Sally series and her program.
My 2 cents...