Hi Titanicus, The part I don’t understand is pretty much any of it lol except the duration and sets.
While I used to have power meters on my bikes, I’ve sold those bikes and on my replacements I never did put them on again because honestly they’re an expensive accessory. Better than a bell, but as an accessory they didn’t really help me much outdoors. It was cool to have them and see my output, ride below threshold, (as long as I was below about 185 I was good for a long while), outdoor FTP, etc. but in a group ride, pleasure ride, crit race, bike trail and so on, it doesn’t really matter because there’s too many variables. If you need to maintain a certain MPH or chase, or lead it didn’t matter. It was a good indicator of at what point I’d blow up, but at the same time a distraction knowing that bit. But that’s a different topic, and while now with a legit training tool it would be nice, but without one it puts me in the same position as 99% of most riders, so I think this is fair to make the comparison with training outdoors and apps, software, and structured workouts.
Okay so the choices are use the “workout details” however they don’t translate into the training peaks custom workout creator too well, as they have a range or target setting, and it’s one or the other power or heart rate you can choose for those. The zones don’t seem to translate either, because SF has 5 and TP has like 9. Lastly, the heart rate and other personal settings in the profiles are different. TP comes up with entirely different heart rates for the zones. I even tried putting in a bunch of older workouts from Strava and having it try to automatically calculate, but that was a fail as it didn’t match SF then.
RPE I’ve got no clue how to use that while training. I mean, that changes with your mood and how you feel at the moment right? So in a headwind or up a hill, or an angry driver in a car, a dog walker, sweat in your eyes and so on, anything else that messes with your head can change that. Plus there’s no setting it training peaks for “RPE” parameters.
Onto the less than, greater than… I didn’t grasp them in elementary school over 40 years ago and I still don’t, (even with the help of Google). So combining them with percentages just compounds that problem. In the end, for me at least, it’s all just a guess whatever numbers in putting into training peaks custom workout that will be uploaded to the bike computer.
Trying to do the same thing but in an index card or something would be just as useless to me, since I don’t grasp the formulas.
That being said, I saw another post in this thread that someone was able to use their phone and Sufferfest for the NO VID workout… That’s a game changer and one I’ll need to try. I’ve got a good phone with one heck of a battery, 4g and a phone holder, as well as a bluetooth speaker that’s plenty loud that I usually play tunes on.
So… If I just use my phone and click open an outdoor workout it’ll run on my phone and I don’t need to worry about the 5 hours of suffering trying to create a custom workout based on the Sufferfest workout details that would be AWESOME! (that would be something worth mentioning in the knowledge base articles)