I have worn a chest strap on 12+hr alpine pushes. The hrTSS numbers can be pretty comical, along with the recovery time estimates. One time my Suunto watch told me to rest for a full week after one day climbing. Anyway, my measured, unadjusted totals for up and down seem to come out around 50 TSS for a variety of different conditions. YMMV.
I am confused about how to score alpine climbing days in Training Peaks. I don’t wear a chest strap when I am doing the real thing (does anyone?), and the watch battery wouldn’t last for more than a day.
What’s more, it seems that an alpine climb encompasses many regimes: aerobic and/or leg muscular endurance on the approach (depending on distance, elevation, gradient and pack weight), strength or upper body muscular endurance on the climb itself, plus a varying amount of belaying, snacking, resting etc.
So how are we to score those days? The mix of the above activities can vary greatly. Do we attempt to sum them up? Doing them at 8,000ft vs. 14,000ft makes a big difference. Do we eyeball how long it takes to recover afterwards and score accordingly?
Thanks in advance!
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