I am getting accustomed to training peaks matrix – hopefully not repeating the following questions.
1. athlete A – young/very fit / strong – sub 3 hour marathon / run 3 miles 15% grade in 30 min )
2. Athlete B – slower/old but good endurance – 4/4+ hour marathon / climb 3 miles 15% grade in 1 hour – but having similar AeT/AnT as athlete A (which could be possible I guess).
TSS = hRTSS + fudge factor for height climbed.
e.g. in 3 hours 15% grade – effort in the AeT-10 to AeT range . Both the athletes would work in the same beats per minutes HR range.
athlete A – height climbed = 2160 meter => TSS = 160 + fudge of 70 = 230
athlete B – height climbed = 1080 meter => TSS = 160 + fudge of 30 = 195.
Here there is a minor (15%) difference in TSS but almost 100% difference in speed and height climbed.
Is TSS(CTL) biased towards average performers and hence might give an over-optmistic indication of the true speed and power for movement in mountains?
Is CTL just to track progress and not actually indicative of an absolute value ?
Curiously,have you observed anybody changing from athlete B to closer to athlete A
( not the age 😉 though )
over a period of few years with say – a methodically executed hill climbing training plan ?