When you’re in the middle of a big training cycle, it’s really hard to step back and see the full picture of where you started and where you’re headed. Summit's Fitness feature is available in the app to make it easy to see how all your workouts are adding up. Now you can stop wondering whether all your effort is paying off.
Using the Fitness feature alongside Summit's Relative Effort feature will tell you if you’ve been training too much or not enough, and for how long. Relative Effort uses your heart rate data (or the new Perceived Exertion tool) to show you if your training load is too much, not enough or right in the sweet spot.
Relative Effort will tell you how specific workouts compare to your usual range in terms of intensity. Then Fitness will display how all of the workouts have been stacking up together, for weeks and months at a time. If your Fitness trend is skyrocketing up and to the right, and your Relative Efforts are consistently coming in higher than previous weeks, you'll know that it might be time to take a recovery day.
“I’ve worked with athletes who’ve overtrained before. It always happens gradually, and then before they know it, they’re deep in a hole. Using Fitness and Relative Effort together will help an athlete realize that they’re overtraining at an earlier stage,” explains Dr. Megan Roche, a scientist, coach, and Team USA ultra runner.
Check out Fitness here: https://blog.strava.com/summit-fitness/