The Golden Cheetah- Track Q&A Thread
golden Cheetah is a great free training data analysis program
I have used Golden Cheetah for years and I'm fairly good at analyzing rides and efforts, but i have always used a different program for storage and big picture tracking (training peaks/strava)- now I've got some questions about some of the more advanced features..
there are tons of threads on the Net about GC, lots of good info out there, but very little of it is aimed at track racers.
So, If you have a track focused question about GC ask it here. If you have a general question about GC and don't trust Skinny Roadies (or worse- Triathletes!!) ask it here.
If you are a GC Vet and you have tips or links for us newbs- please post those here!
TSS for Strength Training
ill kick it off with this:
Strava recently added a "Fitness/Freshness" chart similar to the PMC on Golden Cheetah. I was able to follow the chart as i built and tapered for my last event of the year. It was fairly interesting following my level of fitness and fatigue and watching where it was as i peaked. the problem is- As a track sprinter a large amount of my volume during the week is heavy strength training. Strava makes no allowances for any activity that does not use a power meter. While I'm sure i could still get a sense of how my "Fitness" would read even without strength workouts playing a role- i would like to try to add them in.
Most of the info on this in other forums (slow twitch) draws the conclusion that strength training is not bike training and not much benefit to cycling- so they recommend omitting the data.. I really think Track Sprinting is a discipline where Strength Training is a big factor.. and its a big constant that i can manipulate in my program as i drop volume at peak time- so i would like to be able to give it a value...
does anyone have a good system or guess at TSS numbers for weight work?
I currently do "the Texas Method" which has a huge hard day- an easy day and an intensity day..
I have played around with adding the sum of all weight moved from warm-up to work sets and while i feel that gave me a good structure for the relationship percentage wise between my different weight days- im not sure where to set TSS for my big volume day..
thanks for any help!