For today’s thought challenge — Can an aqua running workout yield the same cardio intensity as running outdoors on pavement? Today I would put this question to the test with some measure of objectivity.
To clarify – aqua running workouts are invigorating – but they still land short of the real deal. When running outdoors, my RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) feels lower at the start, and much higher toward the end. And when I load all that good data from my Garmin – my RPE is generally spot on.