After a couple years away from masters road racing, I finally feel like I’m back on track for the 2022 road season. I’m just about to finish Foundation 1, and I’m looking forward to starting Foundation 2 soon. Your training plans are terrific, and I enjoy the weekly email newsletters.
With rides focused on watts, cadence, and heart rate the TrainRight workouts are a huge help in making me a stronger rider. I do have a background in data analysis so this next comment may or may not be useful: I find the charts/graphs/data presentation, in general, to be informative and very useful in understanding the progress of my strength. The only thing that would be more useful to achieving my goal is to have a coach. Being a senior with a limited income, though, prohibits that. Bottom line: if you are serious about becoming a stronger rider then the TrainRight Membership is worth the spend.
Love the training plans and the Training Peaks tracking has really helped me understand if I am meeting the intent of the session and see how I am progressing over time! Would really love to see more activity/videos/conversation in the Circle app. Really miss having more of a community aspect.
I chose the Climbing 7-9hr/week program because I had been planning a trip to CO to challenge myself on longer climbs. I do most of my training indoors on my Kickr and with Zwift. I was excited by the first week workouts and 6 min above FTP efforts – which I’d never completed before! I got to the second week and felt defeated not being able to finish the 3 x 8 min above FTP efforts. Lots of stress at work, some gastro issues in the week and so I backed off to my old workouts. I felt like the climbing repeats were just too specific for me and I needed variety. My knee also started hurting after that first week and I think because of the lower cadence and my choice to do the workouts indoors.
I REALLY love the Facebook group and feedback there. I’m waiting to hear about the monthly Zoom call with the Coaches as I had hoped to hear details on when that was to be held.
I was not looking really for coach, but more latest training programs that leans more towards 80/20 or shall we call it polarised currently.
Base is all sweet spot, that ruined my 2021 season with base training.
Weight training plans are too easy, entry level…you can hire me to design you proper weight sessions :))) I have BB backround from youth and I went down from 107 kg to 83kg.
I’ve used static plans for years and was getting into a rut. I’m enjoying this plan so far because it’s a little different than what I had become accustom to. I like the idea of an off season plan since I seem to enjoy the structure.
Some improvements? I’m MTB 90% of the time with a little gravel now and then. I’d like to see plans specific to MTB. Also I’m an older athlete and hope the plans have incorporated enough rest into them for my age group. The strength training time is much less than what I was doing, but I’m not missing that so far.
As far as the Facebook thing goes I’m uncertain how to use that. Does a coach answer questions or is it up to the group? Not really a fan of getting a response from unknown individuals regarding training.
I have been part of TrainRight for around 1 month now, but have used Training Peaks in the past while I was bike racing and my coach required using the program. Since I have started running ultras and now moving into the 100 mile range I realized that I would need a bit more structure to accomplish my goal. So far I have seen my training fitness increase and the program I am on for running a 100 mile race is giving me the structure so that I can taper properly prior to my run.
Mainly all the advice from the coaches in the blog. Especially from Jason itself
It hasn’t yet I’m still trying to work out how to use it.
I started the Time-Crunched Gravel Grinder program when I joined. So far I like it though I do think the weekly increase in time for the tempo and steady-state intervals are a little too much for me so I have had modify them a little so I could complete them. I know they are set for the masses and can’t be changed but I thought it was worth mentioning. I also would like to be able to see the plan details before adding it to Training Peaks. I have a good idea on how the plans are set up since I was using the plans on Strava over the summer, but it would be a nice feature to have when picking the next training plan.
The moderators on the FB page have been great with giving advice and helpful tips when doing the workouts.
Other than that, I have no complaints.
The Train Right Membership is useful and the content well-structured, but, due to my age (64 yrs old), the plans are too ambitious for me and go way too far. However, I am convinced that a lot of athletes find the rigt support as a base for their training programm
It’s given me the structure and accountability I needed. Being able plug the training plans in and getting the daily emails from Training Peaks has made me much more consistent with my training. It’s gotten me out of riding in the dreaded “orange zone” and feeling burnt out all the time.
I could no longer afford paying over $100/ month on a running coach and so decided to check out TrainRight. I thought it was great for the price!
Good plans, and fair advice from the coaches.
I wish that the plans are not tied to a Premium account of Training Peaks.
TrainRight is the best choice I’ve made since the original decision to get healthy (was heading towards 50 as a 344lb man who got winded walking *down* stairs). In the three years I’ve been active again, I’ve made great strides, tried lots of activities, ruled some out and, in the past year, found myself (surprisingly) wanting to pursue endurance running.
I did OK for a neophyte, but found myself without focus and guidance beyond trying to gather kudos on Strava. Fed the ego, but wasn’t making as much progress as I wanted and was trying to chase the stats of local runners half my age and 70% of my weight, which was a path to injury.
Coach Koop’s book made a lots of sense to me, particularly in terms of how it explained adaptation and training blocks. That brought me to TrainRight, which fits my budget and most of my needs.
Working using TrainingPeaks, particularly after Chantelle’s explanation of how to use it (highly recommend that recorded call for all new team members), has really helped me focus on the intent of each workout and meeting the objectives. The past calls and discussions in the Facebook groups have answered most of the questions I have had, as well as some of the questions that I didn’t know I had.
Love the camaraderie in the FB group and access to get my questions answered. Even enjoy the Strava group, although I sometimes get geographic and pacing envy.;-P
I think that the only thing holding my 4 back from being a 5 is for me to participate more and make consistent use of the resources.
Thanks for everything — I am seeing quantifiable improvements in feel and performance.
I’ve always liked CTC. I had the first 5 training DVD’s they put out, and I remember when Chris used to do the podcast!
I’m a regular listener to their current running and cycling podcast now and I find the training plans sensible and productive.
I signed up for a 100-miler training plan and I love the workouts, the description of what the workout is all about and more. It uploads to my training peaks which is super convenient for me.
Enjoy riding so much that I can go to excess at times especially now that I am no longer racing. TrainRight helps me monitor my training scores letting me know when the volume needs to be dialed back. Also, when rested I can also track those performance gains.
The primary driver to join was to get access to the Training Block programs. I dig the structure of the plan. I am a few weeks into the Off Season I think it’s called. The mid-milage one. I’m enjoying it.
I’m not sure about the rest of the Features of the membership. The discounts are not enough to add a lot of value to me. The monthly calls are informative but again, not enough. I certainly don’t know everything but questions don’t pop up for me so I don’t get a lot out of them.
If you guys sold the plans outright vs. a membership that may be an alternative option for me.
I really like the vibe Chris and Team have developed so I wish I could offer suggestions but I just can’t think of any right now.
I’m not a competitive cyclist but I’ve been wanting to improve fitness and specifically my climbing. The climbing training blocks and additional workouts included in the membership have made it super easy for me to know what workouts to do and improve my power on climbs. My work schedule changes a lot so I also like that I can easily move workouts around in the training plan if needed.
TrainRight is giving me the structure, feedback and support to reach for my goals! The community gives me the inspiration and encouragement to keep going! I am 52 but definitely feel like I have a world of trails ahead of me to finish strong.
I like that I get access to both the training plans and TrainingPeaks. I feel like it gives me the direction and tools I need to track my progress and feel confident that I’m doing the right workouts.
I’ve been cycling for years but this is first time I have used any cycling training app and the TrainRight Membership has been great! The cycling plans are very helpful. Thanks!
It has open my eyes to new training. Periodized Training Phases is a great option to plan for the year of training. The videos are very helpful.
My only regret I wish I had signed up earlier. Bugger ! Having TrainRight in my tool kit has made a Huge difference in what I wish to achieve I no longer have to stress and waste time by trying to produce a work out program and hope it was correct which in majority of cases was wrong. Not only do CTS provide excellent works out programs. They also provide hits and recommendations on nutrition etc.
Big thank you to CTS. John. 🇦🇺
TrainRight helped me with knowing when to hit the hard days and how hard to go. It didn’t burn me out, but just gave me a steady program process and accomplishment. I recommend it highly.
I joined the TrainRight Membership to gain access to the CTS coaches through the forum and the ultrarunning training plans. An added bonus are the strength and cycling training plans, the Zoom calls and membership perks. I’ve learned how to review and analyze my own efforts within TrainingPeaks, and how to get the most from cross training and when to prioritize running.
The coaches have been awesome! Quick replies to questions with our own training, and providing a safe space to share with the community. The coaches have been sharing content and linking articles to help us get the most from our training.
The training plans are solid, and available for all levels of runner (or cyclist). And the community is warm and welcoming. All types of runners and cyclists from around the globe in every age group – so many people to learn from and learn with.
Money well spent!
Great variety to the workouts (so far), good introduction and it has definitely helped to focus not only on the intensity when it is supposed to be high, but also when it has to be low.
Before using TrainRight I was running a lot but not sure if I was training correctly for my racing goals. Now that I am using TrainRight I feel confident in the plan and prepared to take on my ultra marathon.
I’m a relatively new member and new to doing structured workouts, so still learning how to read some of the data. I’ve had great experiences with Athlete Services and TP customer service whenever I’ve had an issue, very quick to respond.
What I like best is the motivation it give me to do the workouts. I’m looking forward to the improvement I gain in cycling. I have a ways to go though.
Training Plan Library was inaccessible after about 7 -10 days which seemed odd. I received several emails when I signed up and somehow missed the one with the authorized access to the Training Plan Library. When I did notice the message, I clicked on the box/link and it told me that the access had expired and to request it again through CTS/Trainright Customer Support. When I made the request, Customer Service replied that
“I would need to contact the person or entity that I purchased the plan through”… huh? I believe that I purchased the Monthly Plan through them, CTS?/TrainRight… Too confusing. I elected to not waste my time going in circles with customer service. Additionally, the metrics were interesting however, it seems best to have one-on-one CTS coach to understand and truly make good use of the data provided. Cancelled trial and sticking to TR for time being.
Now I have got a master plan for the whole year. Structured plans are organising my different trainings phases much better than before. Sometimes I do small adjustments for my personal needs but I feel much fitter than before. Specifically after the tapering I feel strong and relaxed ready for the race .
I’m an older cyclist – 69 about to turn 70. Been riding for 20 years. I’ve been using a power meter for about 9 months. Had a paid coach, Peak’s Coaching Group, for 6 of those months. Stopped paying for a coach because of the expense at the end of October.
I’m currently self-coached. l use Training Peaks and WKO5. My CTL is 83 and I want to bring it down to the 70s for this month and next and them ramp back up. Doing strength training, range of motion and muscle activation exercises, long rowing sessions and a couple of relatively easy group rides and at least one set of VO2 max or higher intervals/week.
I bought and used several of Chris Carmichael’s books and training techniques back in the day when we all had were HRM and RPE.
I’m not sure what I can gain from a TrainRight membership. I’ve participated a little in the FB page. there seems to be very little activity there. The live sessions with coaches look interesting but they are scheduled during my weekly group rides.
the questions I have may be too specific or specialized for this format. the kind of questions you’d ask a coach.
I’m going to give it another month and see how it goes.
It was great but wahoo difficulties I didn’t get full benefit of trial
it was nice to have the free training plan, but there is nothing more than having premium access to TrainingPeaks. I am not from the US, I cannto even use the discounts.
High cost for the benefits.