Calculating Time to Recovery

Recovery is one of the most overlooked aspects of endurance training. Too many of us think that prioritising recovery makes us soft, while pushing through in the face of exhaustion shows just how strong we are - the trouble is that this approach is not only dangerous (leading to injury) but exactly the opposite to what we need to do to maximise our endurance fitness. Remember: We do not get fitter while we are training - we get fitter while we recover (via supercompensation).

How does Training Trends calculate time to recovery?

  1. Every training session an athlete completes is assigned a stress score.
  2. By default, each athlete get assigned a daily recovery rate of 100 - that is the athlete can recover from a 100 stress score intensity workout in 24 hours.
  3. Rates of recovery differ by athlete - some athletes recover faster than others. If an athlete feels they are recovering faster than reprensented on their Time to Recovery they can adjust their recovery rate in their user profile. If an athlete is able to recover faster than other athletes then they should increase the number, if they feel they recover slower than other athletes they should decrease the number.
  4. Older athletes generally recover slower than younger athletes and may therefore want to decrease their recovery rate.
  5. Time to Recovery is based on a 7 day rolling window - that is all training within the past 7 days is factored into the calculation.
  6. Time to Recovery is calculated eac time the page is refreshed - so if an athlete checks in during the morning they will see a different figure to when they check in later in the day.
  7. The time to recovery figure may take up to 2 hours to be calculated after a training session is completed. If you can see the activity on the recently completed activity screen then it is factored into time to recover.