Every now and then, someone in this forum raises the question of a certain workout is designed to make you fail sooner or later. I think the only workout designed to make you fail is “Half Monty” since this test protocol drives its insights from the point where you fail to keep up a certain power. The other workouts may make you struggle but make you faster in the long term.
Anyway, I wanted to start a discussion about
the idea of the
W' value. If I’m not mistaken completely, the
W' value should help predict if and when you will fail in a workout. As far as I understand,
W' this value tells you how many matches you can burn. You can think of it as a battery pack. If you use your headlamp as a flashlight, it will be very, very bright for a short time, but the battery will also die quickly the longer the light stays on overall. On the other hand, if you’re using a dim light the whole time, you might end up coming home with the battery still half full.
If I look at my training analysis data in Golden Cheetah I can see how “Full Frontal” and “Half Monty” deplete my battery completely. And I can see that Nine Hammers almost does the same.
That’s why I wanted to reach out to the coaches here on the forum to give us more insight into W’.
- Could you elaborate on W’ a bit more?
- Is W’ a value a cyclist should consider when pacing an event or a workout?
- Do you consider the W’ when creating a workout?
- Is W’ a considerable KPI in the SUF’s 4DP approach?