TSS, or "Training Stress Score", is a measure of how much training (typically, any of the 3 triathlon disciplines eg swim/bike/run) and how intense or exhaustive these are. The higher the score, the harder or longer the workout.
In a nutshell, if you want to improve your cycling (and running etc) you should be monitoring your TSS, and ideally planning TSS per week.
To give you an idea of what TSS differences are - A good Cat 1 or Cat 2 cyclist that is racing will average about 800-1000 TSS a week. A good Ironman athlete will do about 1200 TSS across all 3 disciplines each week. And a typical Tour de France rider will do about 1500 TSS every week of le tour and that is including a rest day.
Me? I plan 6 week training schedules, starting at 600 TSS, adding in 25 TSS each week, progressing to 725 TSS on the 6th week. This 6 week gradual increase, allows the body to adjust to the increasing training load in small amounts without fatiguing or suffering too badly.
On the 7th week I take it down to 550 TSS then repeat. I'll typically do this for about 3 months and then I'll aim to do a FTP test and see how much (or how little!) I have progressed.
To work out what TSS you are doing, you can (ideally) use a power meter and hrm monitor, and record it on @TrainingPeaks, or freeware - @GoldenCheetah.
Failing that, you can calculate your TSS by using the free calculators out there.
What TSS do you do each week, and what's your highest ever weekly score? I think mine was around 900!
Did you find this useful and want to know more about TSS, FTP etc? If so, let me know in the comments.
Just the best lunch on warm days
You might say " hey Damian. It's totally not warm today" and you would be totally right. Had my banana-blueberry-smoothy anyway and enjoyed it. Went for a short run in the morning and will go swimming now. Just a short 3k swim and going to study in the evening