You've no doubt heard about an RPE scale in the past. You may have even done some of your training by RPE. But in a world where power meters, heart rate monitors, and analysis software rules, is there any room for this subjective measurement?
I'd honestly argue that it's more important now than ever.
In a sport that has become increasingly dependent upon technology, cyclists are losing that “feel” that separates the good from the great. The best and most successful cyclists are able to instantly tell you how hard they are working. It doesn't matter if they're at tempo pace or flat out VO2 max level efforts. They know. And knowing is the key to performing.
Click on the jump to find out what RPE is and how it can benefit your training.