How to use training software to hit peak form

Feb 20, 2018

Those looking to use the software to train their bodies to be ready for a specific event, on a specific date, will likely have further explored the capabilities of their chosen software, using charts that track metrics like fitness, fatigue and form.

What are Performance Management Charts?

Most training software options offer a pictorial view of an athlete’s fitness based on their training load, fatigue level – and resulting freshness.

Popular training software options on the market are Training Peaks (and its more advanced sibling WK04), Today’s Plan, Golden Cheetah and to a lesser degree Strava.

They each employ their own terms and algorithms. In the interests of making a fairly complicated topic a little easier to explain, we’ve stuck with the terms used – and in some cases trademarked – by Training Peaks.

Glossary of Training Peaks terms:

  • Performance Management Charts – the pictorial view which charts the metrics below
  • TSS – Training Stress Score – Training Impulse of a given session
  • IF – Intensity Factor – how hard a session pushed your body based on watts produced/heart rate, and your current fitness
  • CTL – Chronic Training Load – Fitness – training load from last 42 days
  • ATL – Acute Training Load – Fatigue – training load from last 7 days
  • TSB – Training Stress Balance – Form – how you should be feeling and performing based on CTL and TSB

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