Advanced Performance Data Analysis

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Welcome to the Advanced Performance Data Analysis Pathway  

Power, pace, heart rate. Lactate. All kinds of graphs and charts. It’s easy to get hooked on the data. Once you start down the path of analyzing your performance and progress, it’s easy to go really, really deep. In this Pathway we’re going to help you move from foundational principles of data analysis to more advanced and in-depth methods to garner useful information and make informed decisions about your training. (If you have not already followed the Basic Performance Data Analysis Pathway, please do that first since this Pathway builds on the basics.) 

Maybe you’re diving into WKO and building your own customized dashboards or incorporating data from additional sensors to inform recovery and readiness for training. As complexity builds, it becomes more important to select the data that is meaningful to you. That’s the beauty of it; as more data becomes available there are more choices to make the data work for your needs. That’s also the potential downfall; there is so much data to choose from that it can be easy to over-analyze and forget which way is up.  

In this Pathway, you will hear from many of our regular contributors. Trevor Connor and Dr. Stephen Cheung dive deep into their analysis methods and metrics to improve how you analyze your workouts. You will also learn how different approaches to training can generate different outcomes, and why you should consider this when analyzing training sessions. Tim Cusick also gives his thoughts on the entire data revolution.  

We use the term “deep dive” around here a lot. So when it comes to data analysis, this is your deepest dive yet.  

The Data Revolution

Start your journey on this Pathway with a series of Fast Talk podcast episodes that dive into the entire Data Revolution by addressing questions such as, “Is FTP Dead?” and “Which Numbers Should I Use?”

Join Trevor and Chris as they speak with Tim Cusick, Dirk Friel, and Armando Mastracci, developers of well-known software packages WKO and Xert. Next, hear from Dean Golich, Performance Director at Red Bull and Chief of R&D for the Brooklyn Nets. Finally, you will get the athlete’s perspective from Joe Dombrowski of the EF Education First-Drapac World Tour Team to get his take on how the pros are reacting to the data revolution. Click below to listen to each Fast Talk episode.

Mathieu van der Poel power data Tour of Flanders 2021

The Data Revolution—How A.I. and Machine Learning Will Make You Faster

Tim Cusick joins us to talk all about data and the data revolution we are experiencing.
Wooden number blocks

Training As a Numbers Game

We talk to Dirk Friel of TrainingPeaks to explain how cyclists can use data to make their workouts more effective and productive.

As you escalate that level of difficulty of achieving goals, you need to start looking out and finding new ways of achieving those goals.”

– Dirk Friel
Fast Talk Podcast Q&A

Is FTP Dead?

We take on a controversial subject: FTP or functional threshold power. Is FTP dead?

“...repeatability, execution, keep it simple, and test specific to your goal event.” 

– Frank Overton

Application to Your Data Analysis

Next, open your training files, log into your various dashboards, and jump into the growing library of workshops where experts from different areas will highlight their methods and interpretation. These workshops are meant to provide you with an expert’s perspective on how the data is analyzed at a deeper level. Learn new ways to look at the numbers and graphs, find meaningful insights from your training sessions or races, and learn about new features in some of your favorite software packages.

Start with this workshop on analyzing data from a Whoop strap.

Whoop data Coach Connor

How to Analyze Whoop Data

Coach Connor walks through the Whoop dashboard, analyzes his data, and points out some peculiarities of his physiology that are only revealed through Whoop data.
Assessing 60- to 90-min Power to Support 20-min Test Data

Coach’s Corner: Assessing 60- to 90-min Power to Support 20-min Test Data

Coaches Trevor Connor and Ryan Kohler analyze data from longer threshold efforts to support results garnered from the popular 20-minute power test.
heart cardiovascular drift

Cardiovascular Drift, with Dr. Ed Coyle

Cardiovascular drift is an instability in heart rate and stroke volume over time. On the bike, we measure it by looking at a rise in heart rate relative to power. We dive in. most powerful features with Fast Talk Labs coach Ryan Kohler

The Most Powerful Features of

Head Coach Ryan Kohler details his favorite features of, a relatively new data analysis tool.
Trevor Connor TrainingPeaks WKO features

Coach Connor’s Favorite WKO Features

TrainingPeaks is popular, but WKO5 is a much more powerful tool. Coach Trevor Connor has extensive experience with WKO and shares his favorite features.

Not All Intervals Are Created Equal

This may sound obvious at first glance, but dive into the nuances of different workouts to examine how pacing strategies and start strategies can dramatically affect the training stimulus you receive. Dr. Stephen Cheung will show you why understanding your athlete phenotype will help you create appropriate training sessions based on your expected outcomes based on your individual physiology.  

Xert software analyzing interval data

One Workout — Many Responses

In this workshop, Dr. Stephen Cheung uses Xert software to illustrate how a single workout can impact athletes differently depending on their phenotype.
Fast Start vs. Steady State Intervals Intensity

Intensity Changes Between Fast-Start and Steady Intervals, with Dr. Stephen Cheung

Dr. Stephen Cheung discusses a study comparing steady-state versus fast-start intervals, then uses Xert software to model how a fast-start interval can be much more intense.

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