I have only recently begun to ride outdoors, after a long period of indoor Sufffering. I understand the basics behind effort, weight, heart rate etc all working together to calculate how many calories are burned during a workout. However, I have noticed that my Wahoo Elemnt is reporting far greater calorie burns during an hour of outdoor cycling than an hour of intense suffering.
In both cases, I was using the Wahoo heartrate monitor, plus a cadence and speed sensors.
For example, here we have Who Dares Wins:
I can tell you now that was a hard workout for me. 403 kcals.
Now let’s look at a short morning ride outside:
I had a good ride and pushed a bit, but it was nowhere near as tough as Who Dares. 1,023 kcals.
Could anyone suggest why there is such a big difference? I have tried checking my settings and they all seem right, although I’m not exactly an expert in this.
Having done some googling, it looks more normal to burn around 7-900 kcals in an hour or so, although of course it’s the internet…
I realise there is a tendency here to tell people to ignore calorie counting, but for me right now this is proving a very useful method of controlling weight loss, so I am trying to work out what’s going on.