A lot of stuff here is really resonating with me!
I’m the proud dad to a 7 month old girl and she has turned out world upside down…but for the better of course!
I used to cycle every single day, sometimes putting in over 300km a week but wasn’t seeing any real progression - I had definitely plateaued and was just riding around at 80% effort all the time, feeling knackered and wondering why I wasn’t getting any faster.
Since the little one arrived everything changed.
I now only have time for a 2 hour outdoor ride at the weekend (after discussion with my better half, we came to the decision that I could go out one morning and she could sleep in the other morning - its all about compromise!)
During the week I had to find a solution - I started getting up at 5:45am following the time crunched 30 plan on Trainerroad (using a Lifecycle GX spin bike with power tap P1 pedals equipment wise, although hoping to move to a Tacx Flux S over the next few months).
Having this set up permanently definitely made it much easier to just get up and jump on, as any extra hassle would have definitely put me off.
I was sceptical at first, as I was so used to high volumes of training and was really worried my fitness would degrade.
I finished the initial training plan on Sunday and after another ramp test I’m amazed to discover my FTP has actually improved by 4%. I’ve never trained less, but never gained more! It just goes to show that its definitely quality over quantity - I actually look forward to my Trainerroad workouts as I know they are tailored exactly to make me faster, and the constant variation makes sure I’m never bored of doing the same workout.
I can’t wait to go through all the plans and choose what to do next.
I have also now started to do short HIIT sessions alongside my wife 2-3 times a week which have been great motivation and a lovely shared experience for us.
I have to say it was very, very hard adjusting with the baby at the start - no training at all for the first 4 weeks.
It wasn’t all plain sailing and there were times I definitely resented not being able to train - very childish on my behalf. As the months have progressed i’ve been able to see the bigger picture and agree that family comes first and you work whatever training you can around the time you have available.
With so many options available from within Trainerroad, there will always be a workout to suit whatever time and goals you have - it really is like having your own virtual coach showing you the best way forward.
@Nate and the team support the product well, and I see there are new features in the pipeline which I can’t wait to hear about. Trainerroad has definitely made me fitter and faster, but also smarter in my training.
I’ve also found the podcasts now too which I listen to while training - exercise for mind and body!
Anything which gives me more time with the family while still allowing me to see gains from a performance point of view has to be applauded!