There’s a few posts mentioning that the announcement was in response to the DJ video. I’m not sure that’s entirely correct. Way back in Nov/Dec 2020 I, and several others, asked about “Masters’ plans” and being able to adapt the plans, the response from @IvyAudrain was that “something will be announced shortly” (without digging up the thread I can’t be sure that those were her exact words but it’s a close enough paraphrase). At that point in an example of my sarcastic humour I posted a countdown: “28 days” that others added to over the next week to ten days. That points to TR planning to announce AT sometime around when they did, the DJ video may or may not have influenced the exact timing and unless @Nate_Pearson or someone else on the team explicitly confirm that one way or another then it’s just idle speculation on our part. (I’ll stop there!)
A slight aside: I think the release of the new plans could have been done differently. Namely announce that they were retiring the current(old) plans in a couple of weeks’ time to allow those on holiday/vacation to get back and give people a chance to populate their calendar with the old plans, making it clear that they shouldn’t then “update” their plans as that would bring in the new ones.
OK, that said, I got my AT invite this morning I signed up within a day of the podcast announcement.
One problem (for me) is that I’m currently doing the Polarised plans mostly outdoors in the UK non-summer so haven’t got anything Plan Builder originated in my calendar. However I’m filling in the questionnaire for the workouts I’ve done so the system has something, a foundation if you like, to work on once I move back to a PB based plan.
Another problem is that roughly half my workouts are on a mountain bike without a power meter so just HR data, the problem here is that even though there’s an associated workout the lack of power data means there’s no association with any progression levels - this https://www.trainerroad.com/app/career/bobw/rides/110599316-windy-as-f- is associated with Warren whereas this https://www.trainerroad.com/app/career/bobw/rides/110719167-nevado-tr-outside-workout was done on my road bike with power meter so has associated progression levels. Most of my endurance rides/workouts are done on the MTB.
The result of that is that currently my PL for endurance is 4.8 whereas for VO2max (one of my weak points) is 6.1. Probably not a fault with AT, more that I’ve fed it skewed data.
Now to immerse myself in the system and figure out what all the terms mean in relation to what I’ve done. (Where’s the geeky nerd emoticon? )