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
  • Bounce

    • 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

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

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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)

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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

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another vote for Endure by Alex Hutchison.

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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…

I have a start on the “official” unofficial book / reading thread.