Last week I mentioned I was looking back over my past month and providing an overview to TR support. As background, I’ve had email exchanges with a rotating group of TR support personnel (mostly in a single now-loooong thread per their request) so have been working issues pretty much as they come up.
I am using PB (LV rolling road race) with no specific events; mostly working from the web but occasionally the Win desktop beta app. All my workouts are outdoors, from the TR catalog as directed by PB (with very occasional ‘free rides’ since I’m focusing on getting the most for TR/AT), and all done via Garmin (no TP or Strava links). I do add additional workouts from time to time, and most workouts are longer than as scheduled. A large proportion exceed the interval targets, some substantially so. So here is the summary I provided support today:
I have to say as I look back over the past month, it appears that I’m not getting much value by participating in the Beta. As shown in the attached pdf, of the 19 workouts I completed, only 10 appeared to perform as designed (PL recognition, adaptations,etc). Of the other 9, 2 had no result because they were unstructured outdoor rides (which is the state of AT development, I get that but it still leaves a gap). The 7 remaining technology “fails” all were done as outdoor workouts on a Garmin.
My concern is that my potential progress may be hindered as PLs I believe I “earned” are not showing, and therefore following workouts are at lower difficulty levels than may be optimal for my training. In a few cases I used alternates to grab something more challenging, but the hoopla around AT isn’t yet reality for me – I find I have to really think hard (and maybe overthink) workout choices that in theory AT should be handling.
So, I’m very open to advice on what I might do differently to get the best out of TR/AT in the Garmin/outdoor world, tested/tried and true/best practices (which a number of us have asked for in forum) and what TR can tell me so I can have more confidence that continuing to participate in the AT beta is an optimal choice for improving my performance.
TR TA results June 2021.pdf (561.6 KB)
Open to any and all counsel from those of you who have this AT Beta stuff, particularly outdoor workouts via Garmin, working more smoothly than it appears is my case.