You now have the ability to build a custom plan leading up to your goal event with Plan Builder. This has been added to Early Access and is ready for beta testing!
Why Plan Builder?
Cyclists rarely have a single event they are working towards, and the amount of time to their goal event varies widely from person to person. Training plans exist for just about every cycling discipline, but only account for the ideal scenario in which a single goal event is targeted in the future. Until now, plans had to be pieced together for each event.
Plan Builder allows you to build out a custom plan leading up to your goal event(s). It takes into consideration the unique demands of your goal event, how much training stress you can tolerate, and what your schedule is like when building your plan. The resulting plan will automatically be applied to your calendar so you can start training! Note: Plan Builder is currently only available on the website, but is being added to our desktop apps now.
Enabling Plan Builder
This feature is now live for all users! Simply go to https://www.trainerroad.com/cycling/plans/plan-builder
How it Works
Launching Plan Builder will walk you through a series of questions needed to build your plan. These questions include how much time you’ve been training recently, what volume plan you’d like, and your experience level.
You’ll then enter any goal events for the year, pick your training days, and check out your plan. Your custom plan is designed to make you as fit as possible for your goal event(s), and is easily added to your calendar so you can start training!
We are looking for overall feedback on the experience of the flow, anything that may be confusing or not make sense, and any bugs you encounter during the full process of building and applying a Custom Plan. I will also note that it is possible to easily delete a Custom Plan, so it won’t mess up any current training plan you are following.
Feel free to drop all feedback either in this thread or through the Early Access feedback option. We’d like to keep our support team free of additional requests as things are starting to really ramp up for them.
What if I don’t have goal events?
No events, no problem! Plan Builder allows you to build out a plan to just make you as fit as possible leading up to the date of your choice. If you don’t pick a date we’ll build you a year long plan.
What if I already have events on my calendar?
We don’t want to spoil things too much, but Plan Builder will take into account events already added to your calendar if you’d like, or you can start fresh.
What if I need to add events later?
No problem! When new events are added after a custom plan has been applied, we’ll ask you if you would like those events to be accounted for in your plan.
What if I need to take time off?
We’re currently working on the ability to add in planned vacation or other time off. We don’t have an ETA for when this will be done yet.
What if I’ve already started training?
Go ahead and choose a start date when you actually started training. This will make it so you will get on track with where you currently are in your training!
- Plan Builder is currently only available on the website
You currently can only launch Plan Builder from the Training Plans section of the web. We are adding the ability to access it from the calendar.
- Some weekly tips reference the week of their parent plans. We are working on updating these.
- There are a handful of mobile specific formatting bugs being looked at.
Moving around workout days will cause your Ramp Test to appear in the wrong spot in some blocks. You currently can only end on an A event. We have a change being tested now to allow you to end on B/C priority events. Climbing Road Race doesn’t always update when being added as a discipline. Overview page just reloads when you attempt to add a mid or high volume Half Distance Tri plan. Timezone bug that impacts users in a GMT +1 day timezone when they attempt to edit individual blocks.
- Stage Races and Triathlon events added to the calendar aren’t imported when you run through Plan Builder.