I’m not really even sure where to begin with TrainerRoad, but I can say it may have had the biggest effect on my training ever. For a couple of years all I read about was training with power and how if you were not doing that then you were not training effectively. I really could not justify the cost of a power meter without knowing if it really would be effective, or just generate more data to look at. A friend at work sent me a text message about this next web site that offered virtual power based on your trainer, so I decided to take a look at it. I took a look at their web site and found that I already had everything that was needed except the Ant Stick for my computer. I ordered the Ant Stick and signed up that same day.
It has been really neat to see that changes that have taken place in TrainerRoad since I started using it in December of 2011. Some of the changes have been:
- Adding training plans into the UI
- Adding teams
- Adding the ability to create custom workouts
- Adding a workout filter for finding workouts
When I first started using it I was mostly using it with Sufferfest videos, which changed the whole suffer factor for those workouts. Gradually I started to try some of their workout and was really impressed with them. This year I used their “Half-Distance Triathlon Mid Volume” plan and have seen a big improvement in my time trial performance as well as FTP.
The last couple of years TrainerRoad and The Sufferfest have worked together to put on the Tour of Sufferlandria, which is a 9 day stage race from the comfort of your trainer. They have also done a 8 Days of California stage race that goes on during the Tour of California. These are great events to help kick your training to the next level.
You can look at your history on their web site and see all your workouts as well as your TSS for the last 10 weeks. If you are anything like me, by this time of year your TSS for the last 10 weeks starts looking pretty bad, because I am outside more than on the trainer. If you are part of a team, you can see what the other member of the team are up to.
There are two plans for TrainerRoad. There is a $10/month plan or $99/year plan, both of which come with a 30-day refund period.