I’ve been working through half iron base, mid-vol. One thing that has seemed off to me is the RPE estimates for the interval run workouts.
For example, the next speed workout on my calendar (week 8) is this:
10min Warm-Up, Easy, RPE4 then dial things back to 6x1-minute, all-out repeats, RPE10 for this recovery week. Recover for a few minutes between repeats at RPE2 and then cool down for 10 minutes, RPE4 for about 45 minutes of running.
So 45 minutes of running, with 20 mins warmup/cooldown (RPE4), 6 mins of intensity (RPE10), and 19 mins of easy recovery (RPE2).
The planned TSS for the workout is 68, based on an intensity estimate of 9 (!!!) for 45 minutes.
How is the overall intensity of a workout that’s only 6 minutes of work and 39 minutes of smooth/easy considered a 9 overall? Running 45 minutes straight at RPE9 would be much harder and more stressful than this.
Is the inflation of overall RPE estimates an attempt to correct for the reported too-low TSS estimates for run workouts?
FWIW, I’m doing different interval workouts than the ones prescribed, but every time I see the planned description and pre-plugged-in estimated intensity I have to scratch my head…
Sidenote: hey, wouldn’t it be cool if run workouts were imported directly into the calendar from Garmin just like bike workouts, and TSS could actually be calculated instead of estimated…