Monthly summaries in the ride list

24 July, 2012 by David Johnstone

The ride list used to be just that — a list of rides. That seemed a little boring, so now there is a summary of each month’s riding interspersed amongst the rides.

Image showing monthly summary

There is quite a lot in this summary, and most of it is based on power data. Take a look at this in practice on my profile.

The bit on the left is fairly self explanatory, with the number of rides, the distance travelled, and the elevation climbed. You don’t need a power meter to get this, and this is all you’ll see if you don’t have one.

The middle part is focused on the best power outputs produced in the month. There is a little power curve showing the best power for the month (in orange) and year (yellow). Purple highlights indicate that the best power for this month for this part of the power curve are also the best for the year. Next to that are the best average powers produced in the month for a few select time periods (which happen to roughly correspond with important physiological concepts like neuromuscular power (five seconds), anaerobic capacity (one minute), VO2 max (five minutes) and lactate threshold (twenty minutes)).

On the right is a miniature version of the training load chart. The blue line shows the long-term stress and the green line shows the short-term stress. (See this blog post for further information about these concepts.) Absent is the stress balance, but this is merely the difference between long-term and short-term stress, so you can get an idea of what that is by looking at the other two lines. The numbers at the left and right of the chart show the long-term and short-term stress at the beginning and end of the month. If the month is the current month, the figures on the right show the values for today.

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