Composite Fitness+Freshness curve
just some thoughts, regarding fitness+freshness curve. I used TrainingPeaks some time ago, now I'm only with Strava as my training shifted focus (less conditions to train=let's have fun with what we have). So during the time I had TP I was solely training cycling therefore I am not sure how it actually work on TP for TSS calculation on composite training (such as triathletes), although I'm sure they have the inputs for TSS calculation for running or swimming. BUT, nevertheless, this is a feature I don't see for the running in Strava (am I seeing it wrong?), therefore I'll just make some suggestions I would find useful to use (sorry about my english, by the way):
- F+F curve can be calculated for running, based on HR. However, currently, although it calculates the TSS for running, no FF from running is provided - only for cycling. So, that'll be my first suggestion - a FF calculation + FTP estimation for runners using HR monitoring.
- TSS, and therefore FF curve, are very good tools to monitor and plan both training impact and recovery in one specific activity. I assume I am not an expert, so I am not sure if it is linear that a combined or composite TSS for, say triathlon, can be used the exact same way. What I do know is that, as i am approaching that sport for the first time, to have a notion of total TSS would be an excelente tool (I am feeling it in my body!). Don't know how (or if) it's done by TP, don't know technically how it should be done regarding composite training, but it could be a stand-out feature much appreciated, so that's my second suggestion
- Swiming is not a focus of Strava but with the army of triathletes out there right now, it could be improved, I think. It's not easy to do a calculation for TSS, because of lack of HR monitoring in water, but using FTP estimates (as in running or cycling and some estimation methods are available) and with some better data regarding swimming data such as pace, it could be improved - and used in a composite TSS calculation
- Finally, gotta tell you this: Strava has put its focus on cycling and running (and I love you guys for that!) but I am pretty sure that, especially from triathletes, you must have loads of comments and suggestions for improvement. The sport is getting bigger and bigger every year, so some improvement in customizing the platform for triathlon would be very welcomed. Don't know what your marketeers say regarding the revenue potencial for premium customers focused on triathlon. But I'd tell you this: guys, I love you but you really need to improve this while you have the chance. Segments and KOM's and great, you put a lot of effort in things that make the training more fun, but you can provide more than that. Most of these people are sports biggest nerds: they've read it, researched it, are able to put up a plan - so it has more to do about the tools (and most are only calculations...) that could make the difference. And that IS the difference for paying for a training platform instead of another - and nobody is truly winning this race, so far .
So, that's it - maybe a lot of nonsense, let you guys decide! :) But Strava has been a part of the journey (even last night I introduced a friend to Strava and he created his account in that moment) so just hoping to be able to give some input for improvement - as you've done for me in the past 2 years.
All the best to you guys,