I am really grateful for a post over on RowingMusings that introduced me to an add on to Strava called StravistiX.
It is an online tool that essentially does a version of TRIMP (Training Impulse), a method to measure total training load that uses both the duration and the intensity of a session. Intensity is measured as a % of HRR. (HRR is the delta between your maxHR and your RestingHR).
StravistiX has implemented a flavor of this as a pretty seamless add-on to Strava. So, now I routinely upload each session to Strava, either directly, or as an export from rowsandall, and every week or so, I sync it to StravistiX.
This is the output I get.
So, you can see in one chart the story of my training since January 15th.
On Januray 16th, I was cleared to get back to training after my knee surgery. I’ve had a greater number of rest days than I normally plan (14 vs 8), mainly due to an insane business travel schedule.
Despite this, I have tried to keep on track with the Marathon training plan, and it seems to be paying off. By the measures here, I am in overload right now. I’m not sure if that is a bad thing or not. And it seems to think that my fitness is improving.
I’m planning on reviewing this weekly and probably posting something about monthly. Right now I’m doing it to learn. Eventually, I might use it to guide the intensity of the training sessions I have planned.