OK, so making my way back from Covid and, with some mild lingering symptoms and loss of fitness/ strength, generally easing my way back in and occasionally proving to myself that my numbers have, not surprisingly, dropped! I’m trying to be wise and watching my RPE, Recovery, Sleep quality, Resting heart rate, HR responsiveness, HRV, TSS and Strava’s Relative effort etc when I suddenly realised:
Strava Relative Effort (RE) - I’ve never really trusted it as I find just a few heart beats difference in the average HR for a workout can make a massive difference in the RE (e.g. doing two Z2 workouts of 90 minutes, both with similar TSS, and 1 workout has almost double the RE).
My TSS is being calculated according to my pre-Covid higher FTP. So when I dial down a ride e.g. I dialled down the last 20 minutes of OL: Lac de Cap de Long this morning and am told my TSS for the ride is lower than planned/‘predicted’. The (not so) amusing side to this is that ordinarily it would be a solid ride but not a hard one, yet this morning I finished it wanting a bucket and feeling like I’d just competed FF. More concerning of course, and the reason for this post, is that the calculation of my TSS is erroneous and therefor my weekly TSS will not be a true measure of my training load.
So, other than “Do a HM!” or “Do a FF! Make it two!” what do people do? (Sorry, don’t feel up to either of those now …). Just take a punt and manually adjust 4DP figures? Do it more scientifically? Make an on-the-fly quasi-scientific calculation to weekly TSS?
Thanks in advance.