Part of the “problem” with machine learning is that it’s not an algorithm with distinct steps - if this then do that then do etc. in the traditional programming sense that you can interrogate. You can’t really reverse engineer the result other than to look at the inputs and say “well with those inputs it’s been trained to give/we’ve seen output X”.
So it really comes down to a matter of trust and in that sense while it’s like a coach in that it’s adapting your training it’s not someone who can give you interactive feedback as to how they came to those adaptations.
Some things that might help point you to your answer is 1) what was the workout? 2) what was your previous progression level in that workout’s zone? and 3) what did you rate it in the post workout survey?
It’s my understanding that those things are the big drivers into whether you get assigned a harder or easier workout in future adaptations.
Not sure if you have seen this but this is TR’s guide to answering those surveys.
How to Rate Your Effort
This workout felt easy and non-taxing, requiring little effort or focus.
This workout was somewhat comfortable but required some focus to complete.
This workout required effort and focus and was challenging to complete.
This workout was very difficult to complete.
This workout was extremely difficult. It pushed me well beyond my abilities and took a massive amount of energy and focus to complete.
So it is of course all subjective and there is some wiggle room. It’s not like if you answer Hard instead of Very Hard that all of a sudden you’ll be given some wildly different workout. But it may start to trend harder than it should but then you would just start giving Very Hard and All Out responses and it should tone it back.
That sounds like it was probably in that Hard to Very Hard range. You can go back and change your post workout survey if you think you did it wrong but it was probably close enough. The plans are also inherently progressive so I would imagine that unless you put All Out for your survey you would still get a slightly harder version of the workout next week.
When you preview the adaptions before you accept them you can tell if they are being made easier or harder by looking at the “level” number of the new workout compared with the old one - higher is harder.
It doesn’t work like that. The awnser is purely how it felt to you. The system doesn’t assume anything because the same workout, between two persons with same FTP could feel easy to one and very hard to another.
From my experience so far with AT, it doesn’t bump me up more then the natural progression a plan already has build in, when I select hard. Not sure why it would adapt the plan after just one workout when you’re new.
Ok thanks for the replies folks, it looks like i may have been overthinking it.
There are different possible outcomes for different reasons after workout feedback…
completed well- continue as is.
2)completed well -accelerate training
3)completed well - concentrate on weaknesses instead
4)Did not complete well- Target weakness and do more of the same
5)Did not complete well- Try a different approach or ease off a little.
It looks like 2 and 5 are the outcomes most of you would be expecting?
Yeah and it’s easy to do that. My sort of quick check for that adaptations and whether I want to accept them or not is “would I be surprised by these new workouts if they showed up on my plan in the first place”. So unless the workout looks crazy hard (like I just did 4x8 @ FTP and it was tough for me and it got adapted to 6x15 @ FTP) then I will most likely accept the adaptation.
It can be easy to micro analyze the old plan vs adapted plan but in the end there are infinite variations of a Threshold workout and changes within a narrow range are essentially the same. Even for a coach it would be an educated guess whether to give 4x12 or 5x10 to an athlete and they would probably complete both and get similar adaptations.
AT doesn’t decide to focus on weaknesses, or try different approaches. The plans are fixed in layout (what type of workouts you get when). AT only accelerates or decelerates the progression, based on how you cope with workouts.