I like the idea and I hope it works. I like the big colorful emoji like Buckethead posted.
I do wonder a bit about effectiveness though. I recognize I’m the target audience and this could help me, but if I’m being honest, I’ll also say that in Garmin Connect when it says “how do you feel today”, 95% of the time I choose “Normal” (the middle).
The cool thing is we can collect the data and then see if it correlates to any result.
IE we will know if it’s a good metric to track.
I’d also love to sync this with other metrics. IE how does sleep or HRV connect to motivation? Do they track 1:1? Can we predict motivation based on other hard metrics, therefore not needing motivation? (probably not but maybe?)
Would you put some definition around “motivated to train?” I could be unmotivated because I feel worn out, or maybe I physically feel great but I’m bored with training or would just rather do something else?
same-same over on TrrainingPeaks, but w/o splashes of color on the how you feel:
Any studies on which order to present them? Personally I prefer to see Happy first and Weak last, like TP and Intervals, possibly because I’m a glass is half full guy and visually scan left-to-right. I dunno.
Having had to answer the pain scale question a lot lately, I am starting to think that the problem is that these questions are never fun or intuitive to answer (regardless of numbers, colors, emojis, or words), even though they do (apparently) provide useful information.
1 I think I’ll easily complete this workout
2 I think I’ll complete this workout at prescribed levels
3 I think I’ll just about complete this workout without changing anything but I’ll have to work hard
4 I think I’ll have to reduce the intensity or increase the rest intervals to complete this
5 I think I’ll have to pick another workout, I won’t be able to complete this workout
Yours swaps to “Expectation for the workout in particular” which may be useful in a different way than “Motivation” as a general metric that seems to be the intent here. Both may be relevant but are not identical.
Outside of that, I question the workflow here. If 5, what then?
Does the user actually make the step to replace the workout via the Alternates tool or manual substitution?
Then they answer a different value like 1, 2 or 3 and proceed to the workout?
Is the aim here to capture the potential progression from an assigned workout to something else selected by the user and/or predicted Struggle results & survey?
Right? I’m with you, was never good at these how do you feel questions. FWIW I would translate those 3 to the following:
3- Sorta, kinda, maybe
5 - No
and then over time you might develop some feeling for rating it a 2 or 4.
For example today I’m sorta motivated, and definitely more than the past couple weeks, but answering ‘1 - Yes’ is too strong. So 2 it is.
On TrainingPeaks starting early 2020 I did the perceived exertion on a 10 point scale and basically started off with rating everything 3 or 6 or 9. Eventually I started using more numbers, but it still feels weird to give a gut reaction while trying to discern shades of grey without overthinking it.
Yeah I’d like to use this and I like the implementation of trainingpeaks and intervals.icu for RPE and “how this workout felt”. Trainingpeaks also has a “how motivated are you to train” metric that I am already tracking.
I really don’t care what the emojis look like or if it is numeric.