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Main Analysis Menu Trends

Displays trends over time periods which you select in the left sidebar.

The ‘Charts’ section at the bottom of the left sidebar offers a different way to access the charts which are available to add to the ‘Main Analysis Menu’ without having to add them to it.

Click on the charts icon, select the chart you want to view/edit and click edit on the hamburger menu top left of the charts sections

Trends > Summary

Summary of key metrics for the time period selected, equivalent to the individual activity summary.

Trends > Tracker

Lets you track trends over time for all metrics

Go to more…> Chart Settings > presets to add curves to track

Trends > Stress

Similar to the tracker chart, this chart should be used for (and the default curves) are set to stress Metrics.

Trends > PMC

The PMC (Performance Management Chart) is a key tool that you should use to track your training progress towards an event.

The Chart Shows 4 Curves: TSS, Fitness, Fatigue, and Form.

TSS is your Training Stress Score: Every activity is allocated a TSS (Training Stress Score), which is based on your performance against your threshold values.

Fatigue (Coggan Acute Training Load/ATL also known as STS) is based on your TSS over the previous 7 days

Fitness (Coggan Chronic Training Load/CTL also known as LTS) is based on your TSS over the previous 42 days.

Form (Coggan Training Stress Balance/TSB) is the difference between Fitness and Fatigue and represents your chances of doing well in your event.

As a rough rule of thumb the value for Form should fall between slightly negative to +25 at the time of your event.

Default Settings can be changed in Tools > Options > Athlete > Model.

Trends > CP history

Chart of Critical Power (CP) progression within selected date ranges.

Trends > CP

Chart of Critical Power (CP) bests by duration

Golden Cheetah refers to FTP as Critical Power (CP).

CP (Critical Power): Power that can theoretically be maintained for an indefinitely long time without fatigue.

FTP (Functional Threshold Power): The highest power that a rider can maintain in a quasi-steady state without fatiguing for approximately one hour.

In practice, CP and FTP are usually close to each other. But since it is very difficult for an athlete to maintain the desired intensity FTP ‘reality’ tends to result in a number that is much lower than CP ‘theory’. Often users will consider the two as the same.

Golden Cheetah computes TSS and BikeScore using your ‘CP’ value, but from v3.3 you can maintain separate values for CP and FTP in the athlete power zones settings. If you do that, the ‘Coggan’ metrics will use FTP and not CP to calculate.

Golden Cheetah puts all the data from your rides together and estimates your FTP and as you get fitter it adjusts accordingly. Basically you need to do a little bit of everything (threshold riding, tempo, endurance, VO2 max) and the software connects all the dots to give you a number.

There are two curves in the chart.

  • Dotted line is the model of Power Bests
  • Filled Rainbow Chart is the actual power best for all activities

Trends > CV

Chart of CV from activities within selected date ranges.

Trends > Power

Chart of Power from activities within selected date ranges.

Trends > Speed

Chart of Speed from activities within selected date ranges.

Trends > Aerobic Power

History of Aerobic peak power output duration greater than 5 minutes from activities within selected date ranges.

Trends > Anaerobic Power

History of Anaerobic peak power output duration less than 5 minutes.

Golden Cheetah trends chart types

Here’s a detailed description of Golden Cheetah trends chart types