I was doing Jobs -1 today as today is my hard effort day in the polarized training model. I noticed that while I was doing my last interval today, I felt really strong (no big deal, i’m pretty amazing generally). Like, could do another round or three of the intervals for the day before calling it quits. However, since the workout is set and prescribed, the only variable that I can change interactively is the intensity. Also, since I was on the last interval, upping intensity would only go so far in the final minutes. Further, I would have had to load another jobs -1 again and maybe forward it to the intervals to keep going. This would be too much time and I think I’d have cooled down to the point of not wanting to keep the effort going.
Today had me feeling like I wish I had a way to keep the effort going without trying to find a set workout before hand that guesses how I’ll do for the day.
This got me thinking…what if TR offered an endless interactive interval mode?
Here’s the idea. This would be a mode where you could interactively set your warmup, the next high intensity interval you want to do and the next cool down. It would be endless; after each interval, TR would ask you the RPE and then what interval you would want to do next. You could keep going until you decide to call it quits or you can’t keep the interval quality up (like when the ramp test quits out and says you’re done). You can then save the effort to your custom workouts and repeat if you like it.
I think this could solve is 2 issues that I have noticed I run in to when doing higher intensity efforts especially in erg mode. 1) Upping intensity during the effort is difficult to do 2) Gives a bit more baked in flexibility to keep going if you feel you can (or quit if you need to).
Part of me also thinks this could be a good way to also push for a more updated version of the workout creator as well. That is, you could create your own interval workout in the app to try when on the bike and then adjust on the fly.
I know that this may have issues or problems but I think it might be something interesting to have. Would love to hear what others think as well so lets get a discussion going :).