The one other angle here may be that TR is probably a tempting acquisition target for Garmin - and maybe that is where this is all really headed. Throw in the life changes among the leadership team and could totally see it being cash-in time in the near future. If you’re Garmin, you can blunt Wahoo’s head unit progress and strengthen your closed app ecosystem, if you’re TR, you have an excuse to not spend resources developing other platforms, a strong Garmin tie-in will make it that much easier to win against other training platforms…
But no matter what’s going on and what they will or won’t say, it remains the case that you’ve got a lot of TR subscribers that might be looking to use TrainNow who are riding outside and continue to get no useful value whatsoever out of it. I’m actually in a perfect situation to use it - don’t like the new plans, coming back from a crash, and just looking to challenge myself a little bit workout to workout. Without progression levels from outside workouts, it’s useless, so back to manually making things up as I go. AT also has no outlook to work if it ever gets out of the never ending beta for Garmin users.
If I do have to buy a Garmin to fully utilize TR - it will also open the door to finally explore Xert as an adaptive alternative that does work for many people.
My take as a Wahoo user along with many others is that the new plans are no good for experienced users unless you spend time modifying them to more reasonable progression levels manually because AT is not available to fix the new plans yet and won’t be anytime soon for Wahoo users, TrainNow as a possible summer filler waiting for things to come together in AT is no good unless you have a Garmin… essentially I think the whole user experience has gone totally downhill in the past 6 months with lots of grand promises and new features reaching only a small subset of people and I don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel for Wahoo users.
So now I’m really struggling with whether I want to re-up another annual rate in August given the total lack of clarity and support on this subject. It was bad enough how long we waited for outdoor workouts on these devices. If I was monthly market rate, I would have long since canceled. I never imagined I’d be asking myself do I really want to re-up $99 for TR this year… with the additional cost of a Garmin to use TR when the BOLT is such a fantastic and device. Anyway, not much more to say other than let’s see if anything changes by subscription time.