Change fatigue (ATL) and fitness (CTL) factors

You can now change the factors used to compute fatigue (ATL) and fitness (CTL). On the fitness page choose “Options” and then “Adjust Fitness Days”. Use the sliders to adjust and the chart will redraw.

You can choose to apply the new factors to all activities or only from the oldest date shown on the chart.


Found the 7 days and 42 days description before
And trust the guys who set them years ago
Never stopped to find out how or if these should be adjusted for gender and age and actual form,
So took them for what they are, numbers for guidance.
Then you allow me to change them, the pictures are different, and actually, Adding to fatigue and subtracting from fitness, makes it look less like a rollercoaster, and align more to how I feel changes in exercises influences.

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I think it is great you can set this but myself I don’t dare to change the values. Probably I should to correct for age because recovery is slower when onder and fitness is declining faster. Problems that I don’t know enough about this subject to make changes.

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Same with me :slight_smile: I built this to see the impact but ended up staying with the defaults. I haven’t been able to find a nice writeup on when/if its a good idea to change.


You may have seen this, but I quote: “The default time constants of the Performance Manager, i.e., 42 d (6 wk) for CTL and 7 d (1 wk) for ATL were chosen as nominal values based on the scientific literature. As with the fitness component of the impulse-response model, the precise time constant used to calculate CTL in the Performance Manager has a limited impact, and although users may still wish to experiment with changing this value, there seems little to be gained from this approach. On the other hand, the calculations in the Performance Manager are sensitive to the time constant used to calculate ATL, and hence TSB (since TSB = CTL – ATL). Thus, part of the art of using the Performance Manager consists of learning what time constant for ATL provides the greatest correspondence between how an athlete actually feels and/or performs on a particular day vs. how they might be expected to feel or perform based on their CTL/ATL/TSB. Again, experience indicates that younger individuals, those with a relatively low training load, and/or those preparing for events that place a greater premium on sustained power output (e.g., longer time trials, 24 MTB races, long distance triathlons) may obtain better results using a somewhat shorter time constant than the default value, e.g., 4-5 d instead of 7 d. Conversely, masters-aged athletes, those with a relatively high training load, and/or those preparing for events that place a greater premium on non-sustainable power output (e.g., shorter time trials, criteriums) may obtain better results using a somewhat longer time constant than the default value, e.g., 10-12 d instead of 7 d. (Of course, since athletes preparing for longer events often – but not always – “carry” higher overall training loads, this tends to constrain the optimal time constant more than would otherwise be the case.)”


Awesome feature, lets see if it helps with reviewing training history. In theory if a rider had outliers which they wanted to exclude, this new feature could be very useful.


Hi, I’d like to change my ATL from 7 to 9 based on some information on age and ATL in Training and Racing with a Power Meter. However, when I go to the fitness page and click options I see a different view. I’m just checking if this function still available

Its currently hidden due to some other Fitness chart work David has been doing - 6 days ago he noted it should be back soon: Calendar and fitness updates - #12 by david

Thanks for the reply Olly much appreciated

It is back just in a different form. You can now click a day on the calendar and add “Fitness Days” to change the days used from that date. You can make this in the past to update all of your history.


Hi There, I’ve used thiss feature to change ATL and CTL factors in the past, I’d like a Fitness 45d and Fatigue 10d from Jan 1st (more adequate for a 50+ cyclist).
I can do the change, but then, nothing changes in the Performance Mgr, am I missing something?

I just tested that on my own data and it worked. The graph doesn’t change much but it made a couple of points difference to todays values.

strange… didn’t change at all for me
to be clear, I introduced the new values on Jan 1st, expecting to see a change from that point in time through today