Variability Index (VI) provides a deeper insight into the physiological demands of a workout or Event.
What is Variability Index (VI)?
Variability Index (VI) is the ratio of Normalized Power to Average power for a workout or workout selection. The greater the VI, the more variable and less continuously aerobic the effort.
What do I need to calculate VI?
For TrainingPeaks to calculate VI for your ride or segment of the ride we require three things:
- You need a power meter.
- A device that records the power channel from your power meter e.g. Garmin, Wahoo, Suunto device.
- A power threshold that is specific to your completed workout. Make sure that you have a power threshold set in your account settings.
Where can I find my workout's VI?
Workout Expando Summary
Workout Expando Selection
TrainingPeaks Mobile App
VI reference values
Variability Index for Common Rides
|Type of Ride||Variability Index|
|Steady isopower workout (endurance ride)||1.00-1.02|
|Flat Road Race||1.00-1.06|
|Flat Time Trial||1.00-1.04|
|Hill-Climb Time Trial||1.00-1.06|
|Hilly Road Race||1.20-1.35|
|Mountain Bike Race/Cyclocross Race||1.13-1.50|