Thanks so much for all you do. Five stars on all levels. You motivate and entertain us in so many ways. Congrats on an incredible product and culture you’ve created.
My question is around nutrition and maybe a feature request. I’ve seen the forum questions regarding a tie into MyFitnessPal or similar and I get that if you’re not going to do it better, you don’t want to do it just for the sake of doing it. Maintaining a database of foods, portions, etc. is dumb when there are multiple free apps out there that do it already. I also get that each individual is unique, you’re not here to dispense medical advice, etc.
What might be helpful and far less involved than a full-on nutrition program is to establish some baseline calories or even Macros for a given calendar day. Essentially, for a given workout, what percentage of my daily caloric needs (leaving people to decide that on their own), do I need to consume if my goal is weight-loss vs. if my goal is strength gains, etc.
Taking the existing filter categories on TR and adding a lift day, recovery ride and rest day you get the below but I’ve added an example percentage of my DCN (Daily Caloric Needs) if my calendar prescribes one of the above activities or lack thereof. It would look something like this, assuming a 2500 DCN:
Endurance- 70% or 1750 calories
Tempo- 80% or 2000 calories
Sweet Spot- 100% or 2500 calories
Threshold- 90% or 2250 calories
VO2 Max- 90% or 2250 calories
Anaerobic- 80% or 2000 calories
Sprint- 80% or 2000 calories
Lift- 80% or 2000 calories
Recovery Ride- 110% or 2750 calories
Rest- 90% or 2250 calories
The daily caloric deficit could total on the right of the calendar just like time and TSS does, showing a weekly prescribed deficit/surplus.
Ideally, you could even take it a step further and break that down into Macros, emphasizing protein over fat and carbs for recovery days or maximizing carb intake before Sweet Spot and Threshold days.
The actual percentage would vary depending on the goal (weight-loss vs. strength gains or maintenance). Tying this into Plan Builder, by adding one more step, I might specify that during a given 6-week period I want to focus on weight-loss, followed by 6 weeks of strength gains. The prescribed plan would include the workouts I should do during that first 6-week stretch, as well as a caloric/macro target specific to my goal (weight-loss) and the workout (Sweet Spot, VO2 Max, etc.). During the next 6-week stretch, those percentages would change to align with the new goal of strength gains.
I could see this ‘toe in the water’ to all things nutrition related as a great and relatively easy step for TR to take without giving wholesale, meal by meal advice, maintaining a food/portion database, etc. It would be a ton of work for the Chads, Petes and Ambers of the TR team but relatively little work for the programming teams. It also might eliminate like half your podcast content to make more time for race analysis which is way more entertaining anyways.
You’re also not dispensing medical advice. You’re just providing a percentage of that individuals self-selected daily needs as it pertains to their goals and the specific workouts they are doing. I know for my part this would eliminate a ton of the guesswork on properly fueling for or recovering from workouts, meaning less skipped or shortened workouts and making me a faster cyclist which is always your ‘North Star’ at TrainerRoad.