So I just checked out TrainNow and very excited about the potential - but have some questions - largely around how fast it converges if you have a recent “blank slate” on TR.
For background, have subscribed to TR for a few years, but stopped using it this winter in favor of Rouvy. I have been doing my own thing on Rouvy, mostly alternating between long SS efforts (20-90 mins) a lot of high Z2, and occasional 20-60 min race efforts. Largely building off some success I had with TR HV SSB2 outside last spring, but aiming for longer SS blocks without all the breaks found in the TR plans - loosely in the spirit of the very popular SS progression thread on here. This approach combined with some long-format Kolie Moore style FTP efforts has lifted pretty much my entire mid-to-long power curve this winter.
That being said, I was planning to get back to TR for a VO2 max block running in parallel with Rouvy as it’s been a while and for something like this, I think more structure would help. I was thinking I’d start general build MV - but then saw the adaptive training release and Train Now which seems to be connected - so thought I’d check it out as an alternative.
TrainNow suggested a climbing workout of 5x3 mins at SS With no rides on the TR app recently, I’m guessing it’s just giving me what looks like 100% off the couch recommendations?
And if so, how fast will it converge to better suggestions if I do tougher rides linked to TR workout profiles? (e.g. instead of Grassy Ridge, jump into something like Bluebell or Mills that I know would be fine to complete but are clearly harder)
What I’m thinking is that with VO2 max, I’m pretty much blank slate other than knowing the starting point on TrainNow is WAY too easy. But if I used TrainNow to just focus on the “attacking” workouts, would it be reasonable to expect that TrainNow would quickly converge to give me a good personalized VO2 max progression if I complete them successfully?
And will TrainNow slow down the progression when you struggle or is that only under the adaptive training system?
I was also thinking I could probably start finding SS workouts on TR to match what I intend to do on Rouvy any given day to at least seed TR with some insight that yes, I can do more than 3 mins at SS - as long as it will converge fairly quickly, and start to give me longer customized progressions.
To be totally honest, I was planning to drop my multi-year subscription as I really couldn’t see much more to get out TR. But if the adaptive training is released soon enough, and lives up to anywhere near the hype, it will keep me around for sure, as I’m confident Rouvy workouts will not reach this level of sophistication anytime soon In the meantime, curious if this use case proposal for TrainNow can reasonably be expected to help bridge the gap used to make a more personalized VO2max progression in particular.