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Back on TrainerRoad: The New TrainerRoad App

October 6, 2018

 

There is lots to like in the revamped TrainerRoad app, and I am especially interested in making it a part of my winter training schedule. I am not giving up on Zwift for the many things I like about it, especially the racing, free rides up mountains, and the social rides. However, I think TrainerRoad has always had the best plans and the best ability to keep my interest when I need a movie or a race video instead of a virtual world. The newly revamped mobile app does justice to the new TrainerRoad.

 

First off, the base, build, and specialty plans people have come to love are all right there at your fingertips. I am currently using a polarized training model with easy and hard days in the three zone system. I therefore am approaching TrainerRoad as a way to get my hard rides into my week. I chose a low volume plan because it is more focused on VO2 max and avoids much of the sweet spot workouts that the polarized model avoids. I am using the plan to get my hard workouts in for the week, and then I supplement this with easy days on Zwift or outside, and finish with a cross race.

 

See the low volume cyclocross plan above (this is the one currently kicking my ass a few days a week). The calendar nicely adds these workouts, and I can easily move them to the days of the week I want to do them on. I can also easily add my easy days (with TSS estimate), and I can delete the ones I am not planning on doing. The new calendar replaces the need for TrainingPeaks for me in planning and tracking sessions and fitness gains. TrainingPeaks has paid plans, so I find TrainerRoad has a real step up on them here. All the TrainerRoad plans are free with your subscription. 

 

 

For example, this week (low volume cx plan) gave me hard Tu