I’m still new to riding outdoors with power. Today I went out for a ride (yay for daylight and no rain at the same time in weeks!) and at the end my IF for the ride was .9. The ride was 1:20 minutes long, and I calibrated the power meter with my Garmin before starting the ride. It was rather windy, but it wasnt awful and honestly before getting a power meter I would have scored this maybe a 5 or 6 for estimating my TSS in TrainerRoad. For reference I did Bald Knob(.67 IF) on Thursday and it was really easy. Had I been riding that easy outdoors I’d have scored it more like a 3.
Now, I realize that RPE is very variable/individual dependent and what might be a 9 effort on one day might be a 6 on another day. I’m also at the end of SSB1MV recovering, so while I’m certain my FTP has increased some, I dont think its increased enough to make a .9 IF feel like a .5. Santa is bringing me a ramp test for Christmas morning, so I’ll know more then.
I guess my question is: On an “average” day, should RPE and IF match up to feeling about the same?