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Suffer Score -> Relative Effort

CreakyCrank
Elbrus

So... I remember when Strava used to have a 'Suffer Score' (instead of Relative Effort), and I do know that the new mechanism (relative effort) is more accurate.  When this got changed, was there anything done to convert the existing 'Suffer Score' on activities to relative effort, or did the existing number remain, with only the label updated?

When I go into my activities, and sort by relative effort, even though some numbers seem quite high, I'd say the ordering is still accurate - but I'd like to know if there is any issue with a 'scale' on some that predated the relative effort.

 

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varun
Strava
Strava

Hi @CreakyCrank - when we rewrote the mechanism to determine Relative Effort (and rebranded the old term - "Suffer Score" as you noted), we did go back through Strava history and backfill old activities to have values that were consistent with the new calculation. That recalculation took place with the release of Relative Effort back in 2018, and if you are curious, you can read more in-depth about what went into the calculation here - https://medium.com/strava-engineering/quantifying-effort-through-heart-rate-data-e6a0e3dd6a52


Varun | Senior Software Engineer - Geo Team
https://www.strava.com/athletes/varun

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varun
Strava
Strava

Hi @CreakyCrank - when we rewrote the mechanism to determine Relative Effort (and rebranded the old term - "Suffer Score" as you noted), we did go back through Strava history and backfill old activities to have values that were consistent with the new calculation. That recalculation took place with the release of Relative Effort back in 2018, and if you are curious, you can read more in-depth about what went into the calculation here - https://medium.com/strava-engineering/quantifying-effort-through-heart-rate-data-e6a0e3dd6a52


Varun | Senior Software Engineer - Geo Team
https://www.strava.com/athletes/varun

Awesome, thanks!  Also, thanks for the link to the article on Medium, very detailed and informative!

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