Stress score doesn't seem appropriate


#1

I done Wright Peak yesterday with a stress score if 146 and it felt uncomfortable at times but all in all it was ok…but today I done Mcadie+1 with a score of 116 and just about finished it. Just curious to why I found the lesser stress score easier. Thinking it might be a sign of a weakness on my part. I’m on my 5th week of SSB1 MV and was thinking that was why I found Wright Peak a little easy as my FTP has probably gone up but there was nothing easy about today.


#2

These are different workouts. It’s normal that one was easier than the other. Stress score is a pretty blunt measure of how difficult something is. It’s most useful when comparing two workouts with similar power profiles.

Over-unders are hard for just about everyone. Long sweet spot efforts are hard too, but it’s a much less intense type of difficult.


#3

As above, TSS is not all inclusive. You should consider the IF (Intensity Factor) and duration of any workout to see it in a more complete context.

Looking at those metrics together will give you a more accurate idea of difficulty, especially when comparing to other workouts.

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Note the higher IF for McAdie +1, even though it’s shorter by a full 30 minutes. It also has longer recovery valleys.

Also note the relative time spent around/above/below the FTP line. That is another clue to intensity & difficulty


#4

In my experience McAdie is harder to execute the big blobs of sweet spot take longer to recover from.