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Old 05-08-10, 02:41 PM
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Analyze my Performance Management Chart



Just wondering if someone knowledgeable can analyze my performance management chart (above). I raced every weekend from March 20 until May 2, and I have a mid- (or early?) season racing break planned until May 29, which according to my coach is to "reestablish [my] aerobic base." I'll be putting more hours in, ramping up over the next 3 weeks, but at a lower intensity (but with some sprints and short climbing intervals included as well). Based on this week, however, it looks like the average daily TSS will be higher than when I was racing. Wouldn't this mean that I'll just be wearing down my body even further during this "break," or am I mistaken? Any thoughts?

P.S. Yeah, I have a coach (USAC 1), but he doesn't follow the performance management chart, so I'm looking for your input on this subject.

P.P.S. Well, maybe this should go in Training/Nutrition, but it has relevancy to racing as well.

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Old 05-08-10, 03:10 PM
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Do you know what he has planned after the base? If you're not racing, then being fatigued is ok, but you want to get the recovery afterwards. Right now, you look pretty stable as far as tsb goes, so it doesn't look like you're in danger of overtraining.

How do you feel? Power vs. RPE parity?
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Do you know what he has planned after the base? If you're not racing, then being fatigued is ok, but you want to get the recovery afterwards. Right now, you look pretty stable as far as tsb goes, so it doesn't look like you're in danger of overtraining.

How do you feel? Power vs. RPE parity?
Well, I feel fine right now, but I immediately go back to racing (on May 29) after the base period.
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this is exactly what I have planned after my peak: race on the weekends and do a 3day enduro block tu/wed/th. The goal being to reestablish my base while letting up on the stress that supra-threshold intervals put on the body and brain.

The tss for three 3-4 hour z2 rides will be quite high, but certainly not impossible to complete. All tss is not created equal, rember.

The relationship between intensity and volume should always be kept in mind, too.
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Originally Posted by besposito View Post
but I immediately go back to racing (on May 29) after the base period.
that could be a bit of a shock to the system, but it sounds like your coach has a bit of intensity in there, right?... to keep you "sharp" enough for your re-entry to racing, I'd suppose.
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Originally Posted by ldesfor1@ithaca View Post
that could be a bit of a shock to the system, but it sounds like your coach has a bit of intensity in there, right?... to keep you "sharp" enough for your re-entry to racing, I'd suppose.
This is similar to what I'm doing now. Taking a bit of a break, more endurance rides but with a few intervals like those sprints every 2 min to keep sharp of sorts.
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More time means more TSS... time affects it more than intensity does.
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Would you mind putting race results / fitness tests on the plot? Hard to tell how well the model is working without some performance measures.
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Originally Posted by ldesfor1@ithaca View Post
All tss is not created equal, rember.

The relationship between intensity and volume should always be kept in mind, too.
Good points.
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Old 05-08-10, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Enthalpic View Post
Would you mind putting race results / fitness tests on the plot? Hard to tell how well the model is working without some performance measures.
I'll work on something for that tomorrow. Basically, I can say that my fitness (and power numbers) improved during the first race period. It's interesting to me that the TSB was trending down each weekend toward negative numbers, so it looks like my scheduled break came at a perfect time.
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Originally Posted by ericm979 View Post
More time means more TSS... time affects it more than intensity does.
TSS=time*IF^2

Seems like IF affects TSS quadratically while time is only linear. A 10% increase in time increases TSS by 10%, the same bump in IF raises TSS by 21%.
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How do I get a cool chart like this?
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How do I get a cool chart like this?
A power meter and WKO
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A power meter and WKO
Or WKO and a bunch of TSS estimations.
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Originally Posted by ericm979 View Post
More time means more TSS... time affects it more than intensity does.
true, but even a small difference in IF make a significant difference in TSS earned.

low z2 v. high z2 returns a huge difference in total tss for a ride.

doing that same z2 ride with 10x10" sprints thrown in bumps the TSS in a big way, with minimal impact on recovery and repeatability, for me.

the worst is when I JRA with the GF, 2 hours gets me like 70 tss.... what a scam!!
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