Hi Carolyn and Maya,
I have a question about TSS “fudge” factors for hiking, if you end up going over that aspect of Training Peaks numbers on our call this week.
We’ve discussed adding ~10 for every thousand feet hiked uphill (did I get that right?), as well as adding for extra weight. I have two more that have come up recently: cold, and hiking in fresh/deeper snow.
Cold–Last weekend it was between -10 and -15 F for my 2+ hour hike. I very seldom get cold on hikes, but I was chilled by the time I got back to the car and I was pretty tired for a few days afterwards, like the cold really took if out of me.
Fresh snow–today’s hike was on packed trails that grew progressively softer as I got higher. By the time I turned around I was on 3-5 inches of fresh snow over semi-hard packed trail. I was never post-holing or anything-it was like walking in beach sand.
Is there a metric for either of these factors? Or do you just go more by overall feel rather than try to specifically parse things out like that?