Work to Rest
The work to rest ratio will give you information about how much recovery you are taking during a workout. Rest allows you to replensih energy and remove metabolic waste by-products. More rest time will allow you to perform at higher intensities (power outputs) during the work periods, but will add to the clock time. Less rest time will create more fatigue, decreasing power outputs, but lowering the clock time. Finding the optimal balance work and rest by understanding the overall ratio for different workouts will help to guide workout intensities or pacing strategies to maximize power outputs over a workout.