I concur with this. It’s a very common confusion I see in the forum and on FB for people new to TR. It’s definitely a usability issue that needs addressing. No new user should be confused by this, the real question is what would resolve the issue. I’m sure TR is aware that there is confusion and the current plan presentation represents the best current thinking. But clearly we still need to improve.
Like most things, once you know it’s very easy. Once you’ve taken the time to understand the plan construction it is actually very intuitive. I like how it’s broken into components that allow me to mix and match plans to suit the kind of performance gains that I’m looking for. I would consider myself an advanced TR user. I’ve listened to all the podcasts, read all the blogs and spend a lot of time here on the forum. I recognize though that there is a learning curve. A new user shouldn’t need to dedicate tens of hours of listening and reading time to get there arms around what they should be doing after the first training block. Equally, as an advanced user, I don’t want to be spoon fed a plan structure either, I know what I need and I can construct my own plan design thanks very much. The “don’t be dumb” comment earlier in the thread actually highlights this point, although more crudely that I would have said it. At some point we were all uneducated/dumb, but then once you know, you know. The goal is to eliminate that knowledge gap.
So, this leads me to the conclusion that there likely needs to be a dual plan construction function. For users that are confident of designing their own training structure, keep things as they are, here are all the bits, go for it. But for brand new users or users that have less confidence, I think a more handheld approach would be beneficial. I don’t think just adding “Part 1, Part 2” will go far enough. The goal should be 0% confusion. As mentioned above a wizard that guides plan selection is probably the right answer. What type of rider are you? What is your experience level? Do you know your FTP? Are you training for an event? When is it? What are the demands of the event? etc. The outcome of the wizard would be the first training season (28 weeks) and an estimated FTP (unless known). This would auto-populate to the Calendar and you’re ready to go with the Ramp Test to get started on the plan. This would also include the ability to modify the plans around events. It’s also common to see new users preparing for an event that is less than 28 weeks out. 12 or so weeks seems to be common and you really need to know a lot to know how to maximize that time. A really common approach for new users is to jump to the end. It’s not intuitive to only do Base if that’s all the time you have. A wizard could address that problem too. Oh, you’re a recreational cycling training for their first fondo and you only have 12 weeks until the event … here’s your 12 week Base plan.
Side note: I’ve seen update notes that describe changes to Onboarding, but since I’m not a new user I don’t know what that is. It’s possible some of what I’m describing already exists. Is there a way to see the Onboarding content if you’re an existing user?
What I’m describing with the wizard is likely quite a lot of work and I agree that TR should not let perfect get in the way of the good. A quick fix is likely a much more detailed “Intro to TR” section not unlike what the Forum has when you first join. There are countless forum posts here that describe how plans fit together and could be adapted and cleaned up to give more or better explanation to folks.