If you are following your training plan and putting in the hard work, the reward of this will be a progression in your fitness. You can track improvements in performance over time by comparing your workouts and retesting your fitness at regular intervals (we recommend every 8 weeks).
Its a good idea to set some benchmarks when you start your plan:
- Have a clear understanding of what your current fitness is by performing the fitness tests below
- Have clear and realistic goals to work towards
- Choose the appropriate training plan for your current fitness, time availability and goals
- Choose a way to log your progress, some like to record workouts in a journal and some prefer tracking progress in a more hi-tech way in your Training Peaks dashboard
Perform these relevant fitness tests
For those who are keen for a more in-depth analysis of key metrics with charts that can help you stay on track there are many possibilities with Training Peaks.
In your dashboard you will find many charts to track your progress in areas such as Peak Power, Pace, HR, Speed amongst many others. Your Performance Management Chart (described below) will help you stay on top of fitness trends.
On your Training Peaks Mobile App you can also easily view your top 20 Peak Performances.
Confused by Training Peaks Terms?
- Training Stress Score (TSS): based on duration and intensity of the workout
- Fatigue (Acute Training Load ATL): an exponentially weighted average of TSS from the past 7 days to calculate Fatigue
- Fitness (Chronic Training Load CTL): an exponentially weighted average of the last 42 days of training
- Form (Training Stress Balance TSB): Fitness - Fatigue = Form
- More definitions from Training Peaks
Watch this short video from Training Peaks for a concise explanation key terms and how to use your PMC: