This week I am completing my pre triathlon prep plan. Two days ago, it was time to challenge myself on a new full frontal ride - which went pretty well. Today, it was time for my 5k running test.
Right now I am sitting in the kitchen with my results and I am calculating my new Running RTHR & RTP. Afterwards I will put all the data into my garmin account (if they are up and running again) and use my running watch to guide me through all the sessions in the coming month.
The whole process just made me wonder…
I read plenty of times how, for bicycling, the 4DP method is so much superior compared to the traditional ftp calculations, and yet, for my running I only have one number to base all my training on. My 20minute effort.
What do all of you think? Is running different from biking? Is this enough?
Maybe it‘s time to bring a more modern approach into the system?
I understand that it‘s hard, or even next to impossible, to gauge the power output during running, and this is probably a big part of the reason why it‘s not done. Does anybody have any experience with a stryd or garmin running pod, which - if I understand correctly - gives me an power estimate.
I am interested to hear your thoughts on this.
Me personally, I would love to tweak my running routine a bit. Partly, because I love the by-the-numbers approach of training and partly because I feel that my training sessions are sometimes a bit lackluster and not fully result-driven.
Most of the time the rough guide of how I feel (RTP) together with my heart rate (RTHR) and percentage of pace of 20min effort (RTP) serves me well. But you know, I am always looking for improvements of the systems I use.