Interesting responses, thanks. So on this one:
- What was the purpose for you having a coach in the first place?
I am racing yes, and it was suggested to me as a next step up to get better, more specific advice and training programmes and to that end it has helped with my ability and my nutrition.
- Do you find that whatever that purpose was is relevant now?
This is a good question. I’m top 1/3 age group (Vet) at best so not remarkably gifted etc and on a middle of the range coaching plan that affords me a coached plan, one monthly call, and some email contact (To be fair I get a little more due to my application). But position in the pack doesn’t demand that a return on investment by going the full - and more expensive - direction of 121 daily coaching is in my opinion something to entertain aka diminishing returns. So yes its relevant, but repetitive and TR would be 1/3rd of the cost.
The thing that bothers me - and I appreciate this is a little egotistical - is the periodic nature of training means I’m rarely at a level with my club colleagues who are much more consistent with weekend rides and a couple of TR workers midweek. This is fatigue - turning up against these weekend warriors at the end of a Training block is a poor show as I’m fatigued, but I can never ride with them at the top of my game because I’ll be tapering, racing, or trying to ride in a Zone instead of hitting the local sprint markers.
- What makes you think TR is a good platform? (in other words, superior to a coach prescribing workouts).
This is difficult and is why I’m asking the question. In some respects it isn’t because its not specific to me, although the Blogs etc contain loads of information and help. I guess I’m looking at other peoples apparent continued results on here together with the cheaper outlay and wondering if TR is a “better” alternative.