Newbie here, I was hoping all you lovely people could help me decide if TrainerRoad is for me. I used to do a lot of mountain biking when younger and thoroughly loved it with the odd road ride thrown in, strictly for fun with mates, never really got into any racing. For personal reasons this had to stop for about 3 years now, but in that time I have built up my running fitness pretty reasonable,
I want to get back into cycling but keep my running going to a lesser extent (do not want to stop running, but appreciate I will reduce my running load to adding some cycling training). I have never done any structured training in cycling (I have for running) and I have done sporadic rides on Zwift but not more than maybe once a month.
As I would like to do both disciplines (cycle and run) I figured I could start training for a Duathlon (I can’t swim and do not have access to a swimming pool so no Triathlon). As I already have a Zwift subscription I started looking at their training plans, they have one suitable one that includes running and cycling (called multisport mixer). My intention was to do all bike rides indoors but sync the run workouts to my Garmin watch and do the run part outdoors. However, it looks like the run workouts in zwift will not sync to my watch and I do not want to have to create them manually before each run. Also, as there is only one plan I think Zwift is limited for what I want to do.
I also looked at Sufferfest but dropped that idea quickly when I realised they do not have an Android app. So that leaves TrainerRoad, which looks very good and I think it could do what I wanted.
- I read on this forum that typically people use the Triathlon plans and just drop the Swim workouts. Does this work well? Does the planned TSS not drop because I skip all the swims or is that OK?
- Can TrainerRoad sync run workouts to my Garmin watch (fenix series) for me to just follow blindly? I don’t want to have to put any work in to create them manually as I think I would just end up not doing it.
- If it can sync run workouts, will they be based on HR zones (which is what I normally use)? I have read that they are RPE based which just confuses me.
Appreciate all comments and opinions and apologies for lots of text! I think TrainerRoad is for me but just need info about the above points before committing all my hard earned money (will likely cancel Zwift).