Perhaps I can help.
This point system is more than 25 years old. I developed it mostly for those new to triathlon. It's designed to give those naive to the sport some sense of scale and equivalency.
While not particularly scientific I think it's still not bad (with numerous caveats). It assumes you're balanced in your abilities. If you find it much harder to perform X points in one sport versus another I suggest then you have a deficiency in that sport.
First I love your forum and have a great deal of respect.
I'm not even sure how to respond, because I'm sure you know how unrealistic this point system is (those days when we understand so much more about activities and physiology), and how much understanding of physiology and training one has to have to adjust it appropriately to make any sense\benefit out of it
Few obvious flows for average reader:
100km in Florida with 1m of total elevation gives 100 points
100km in South of France with 6500m of elevation also gives 100 points
10km run upwind uphill in -2C gives 40 points
10km run downhill downwind at 23C gives the same 40 points
2000m open water swim with heavy current gives 20points
2000m in the pool swim gives the same 20 points
100km on Cervelo superbike gives 100points
100km on WallMart steel commuter gives 100points
50km in Giro Aerohead helmet gives 50points
50km in THIS
helmet also gives 50points
This doesn't give much scale at all.
I very rarely see new people to triathlon that are balanced in abilities, I do not even know if I have seen one. Lance Armstrong was totally not balanced... his swim was most of the time bad.
This point system could be used by pro triathlete doing swims in the same pool, cycling on the same trainer and running on the treadmill, but I would still be puzzled how to adjust for adaptations, you would need to flag that somehow.
We talk about skin suits giving 2-5W advantage , frames that save 4 watts, and the same people will use this point system to determine their workload....
They will do that, because they have great faith in you Dan, will that really help them in anyway?
System doesn't have to be scientific, many scientists, Doctors, Professors, award winners are driven by market and gains. $ talks many times.
I'm sure many older guys remember
"Doctor's recommended Lucky Strikes:"