Absolutely, I will always encourage you to ask for understanding! I think most of us want to understand the logic behind our training.
Yes, you are absolutely right. This is exactly what TrainNow does.
To clarify, TrainNow should recommend Workouts of the same difficulty and in the same category (Climbing, Attacking or Endurance) across different platforms, for any given day - we are troubleshooting that above. The specific Workout may differ though. Because of our vast library, there are many Workouts that will be productive for you on a given day. You can use the refresh button to show you even more Workouts in our library that would be a good fit.
What TrainNow considers
Using machine-learning, Adaptive Training analyzes your training history (including your non-TR/unstructured rides) and tracks your fitness with Progression Levels. Progression Levels are unique to you and how we quantify your fitness across each training zone.
Every recommended workout is based on your (dynamic) Progression Levels, which ensures that you get the right workout, every time. It also looks at your recent training history to recommend an ideal type of workout for each day. It will ensure not to overload you if your training has been gruelling recently. Likewise, if when considering your recent training history, we feel that you need an intensity stimulus, we will respond by suggesting a more intense Workout.
The “Recommended” label is based on the intensity and stress of your recent rides and workouts. It’s not intended to replace a training plan, but it’s a quick and simple way to make sure you’re completing a sustainable mix of workouts.
What TrainNow doesn’t consider
TrainNow isn’t periodized—meaning that it’s not necessarily progressive and doesn’t include rest days or recovery weeks. If you are training for a specific event or type of fitness, we’d recommend using Plan Builder.
The most significant difference between TrainNow and a training plan is the principle of progressive overload. A TrainerRoad training plan is built to progress you through the Base, Build, and Speciality Phases. Each phase is both progressive and periodized, including loading and recovery weeks. That way, you strengthen the specific fitness you’ll need for a goal event.
When you should use TrainNow
It’s not intended to replace a training plan, but it’s a quick and simple way to make sure you’re completing a sustainable mix of workouts. If you aren’t training for a specific event at the moment but want to maintain fitness, TrainNow is a great option.
Likewise, if want to supplement your training, TrainNow is a great option to ensure your additional Workouts are productive and suited to your individual fitness and needs. For example, you may add a 4th workout to a Low Volume training plan, if you find that you have a little more time during some weeks.
I’d be happy to shed light on any lingering questions, so please let me know if there is anything I missed!