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?
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?
Track all the hard work you put into your training— even when riding without a power meter. TrainerRoad’s new and improved TSS estimation uses machine learning to calculate TSS for outside rides without power meters more accurately than RPE-based estimates.
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?
Workout Levels are a new way to understand and compare the difficulty of workouts. Workout Levels go beyond simple metrics like TSS or IF, and better represent the real-world challenge of training.
What is the cause behind getting dropped and how do you train to avoid it happening in the future, should cyclists and triathletes maintain a caloric deficit, which supplements have the most impact on performance and much more in Episode 303 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!
Power meters are the only objective way to measure cycling performance and have revolutionized how cyclists train. How much do you know about power meters and how to use them?
Training for KOMs/QOMs can be a great fallback plan for event cancellations, but how do you train for such a unique effort? We’ll cover this and how to strategically increase your training volume, how to adapt to morning workouts and much more in Episode 292 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!
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 quickly recognize and treat hyponatremia, how to get faster with a low TSS training plan, how EPO and your hematocrit affect your performance and more in Episode 271 of The Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast.