Training Stress Score (TSS), Intensity Factor (IF), and Workout Levels are useful ways to quantify the challenge and effect of a workout. Taken together, these 3 metrics help tell the story of your training, but it’s important to understand the differences of each. What does each metric mean, and how can you use them to get faster?
Training Stress Score: What is TSS & How to Use It
TSS is the most widely-used way of quantifying workout stress in cycling; it’s also one of the most commonly misunderstood metrics in the sport. So what is TSS, and what is it good for?
Normalized Power®: What It Is and How to Use It
Normalized Power (NP)® is a mathematically adjusted measurement of average cycling power, designed to better reflect the variable experience of riding a bike. How does Normalized Power work, and how can you use it to analyze your performance and get faster?
How to Get Faster With Low TSS
Getting faster doesn’t always mean massive weekly training stress. This can be true in many cases, but improving fitness is mostly dependent on the types of stress, when you apply it, and how well you manage it.
How To Get Faster Together with Group Workouts
TrainerRoad’s Group Workouts feature can help you take your training to the next level. By joining with friends and like-minded cyclists, you’ll be ready to reach your goals and get faster together. Here are some ways that you can use Group Workouts to add volume, intensity, and entertainment to your training.
How To Build A Pacing Plan For Long Events
Nailing your pace is essential in long cycling events. The right pacing plan will remove the guesswork before your next event and help you cross the finish line faster.
Why are my TSS and IF lower than the prescribed workout values?
A member asked today why his TSS and IF are lower than the workout’s prescribed TSS and IF even though he was above the target almost the entire workout. What do those acronyms mean? The interesting features of the workouts are 4x20s “muscle fiber activation efforts”. For almost the entire workout, his power was above…