Hi all, long time TR mega-fan but…
Just started (end of first week) the new version of SPBMV and was surprised at how little actual sustained work is in the program. Having just come off the back of the ‘old’ version of SSBMV and having reasonably comfortably completed workouts like Lemarck and Leconte plus the lengthy Over-Under workouts, SPBMV ‘new and improved’ seems an absolute walk in the park. Having reviewed the entire plan I am concerned about whether there are enough longer sessions in there to help me with my goal this year of a comfortable ride through the French Alps in August.
Therefore, I am having a bit of a crisis of confidence with the new TR plans. I believe from what I have read elsewhere in the forums that TR have dialled down the intensity in the plans to assist with compliance and completion but to be honest I never found that to be an issue, even at the ripe old age of 51 with quite a few years of being a TR subscriber in my legs now. I get the progression method but I genuinely believe that the ‘easier’ plans, launched without the benefit of AT to raise or lower the ramp rate, are not going to give me the stimulus I need starting from the low progression base. The ‘Train Now’ suggestions are all at least 1.0 - 1.5 points higher.
Anyone else have the same concerns? Am I wrong to suggest that perhaps launching the new progression model without AT to calibrate is premature? Today was 7x7mins at low sweet spot (88%) over two hours which frankly feels pointless when I can knock out 3 x 15mins in 90mins at 90%+ fairly comfortably already (a note on my FTP - I saw a small bump after SSBMV1 but nothing after SSBMV2, and I think I am one of those rare types for whom the Ramp Test underrates my FTP as I usually add 5w and can finish my workouts pretty comfortably).
What’s the consensus? Stick with it as prescribed or go guns blazing with more highly rated (in terms of progression) workouts?
Also, anyone else struggling with the new app? The rendering on my Samsung Tab A 10.1 (2019) is terrible (really blocky rendering, bits of the screen not showing, missing the middle interval graph), plus the default screen is Train Now even when I have a workout scheduled, and potentially worse I can see my wife’s future and completed workouts in my calendar (we share the same tablet but different accounts of course). Had a few crashes on the app as well (all reported to TR support). This lends itself to my thinking that this whole launch has been rushed.
Anyway, good to hear if anyone feels the same re the plans or same issues with the app. Thanks for reading.