What is RPE?

TritonWear's Readiness tool is built around a RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) scale based on years of established sports science, this is how it works

RPE is a scale that ranges from 0 - 10. 0 is the lowest effort, and 10 is maximum effort. Basically, the RPE scale represents an individual's feeling of effort - if they were to tell someone who knows nothing about the sport how hard it felt they worked, on average over the entire workout (including warm up and cooldown).

At the end of a training session, it is up to the athletes to determine where they are on the scale ranging from 0 - 10.

When interpreting the scale, think of it as 0 being nothing, like just floating in the pool. And 10 is the max, like the hardest you have EVER worked, you have absolutely zero left in the tank after that workout. Although you may be tempted to score some intense workouts in the 8-10 region this should be reserved for those exceptionally difficult ones and most athletes regular training should fall in the 4-7 range.


However the most important things are:

be consistent with yourself,

do not exaggerate

do not consider what others might think your RPE should be (your RPE is personal)



The RPE scale should take into account external stressors in an athlete's life (like sleep, school, relationships, eating) which all impact perception of a workout's difficulty level.

RPE, in combination with workout length, distance and intensity helps TritonWear learn how hard you train and your training rhythms. It will then use all this information to give you a Readiness Score that can help you evaluate how hard you have been training and advise you about how hard you should be training in the near future. 

To give you the best Readiness Score and most accurate training load advice, RPE should be entered for every single workout. There is a minimum RPE compliance of 75% of workouts that needs to be achieved to for the most accurate Readiness Score. If less than 75% of your workouts have RPE entered, Readiness will calculate solely on distances swam. This is considered less accurate and can raise your injury risk if you do not have an good read on if you are over or undertraining.