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.
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!
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’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.
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.
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 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’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.
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’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.