October 11, 2021 at 5:50 am #14724
I am close to the end of my current subscription period for Sufferfest. I am on the fence whether i should continue it. In the past, i used it in main season for 2 of 4 weekly sessions (the 2 other ones outdoor).
Since i am considering to subscribe to 80/20 training plans, i assume i would use it even less than today. But an additional subscription (e.g. trainerroad), just to execute synced workouts from TP, seems rather expensive.
I can imagine downloading workouts from TP to my Garmin Edge, let the device then control the trainer. Which would be basically free.
Long story short – how do you do it?October 11, 2021 at 6:23 am #14725JonasMember
I am subscribed to 80/20 Endurance and use Zwift additionally. So most of the time, I use Zwift “only” as the app to load the predefined workout from 80/20 and don’t use the training programs of Zwift itself.
I get your thought that this doesnt really seem to justify the monthly subscription fee of Zwift but I find it helps me to power through the workouts if there is some visual representation of “riding” instead of just a clock ticking by. For low effort rides, when you might watch a movie anyhow, this doesn’t matter. But for more intense workouts, I cannot casually watch a movie and instead need something to push me. And here I found that having Zwift helps me.
As you mentioned trainerroad: I tried it before going to Zwift and here I would agree that the combination of 80/20 plans and Trainerroad doesn’t make sense as you have none of this gamified extra motivation with Trainerroad and you really could just use your Garmin Edge instead (if this works).
I would suggest you try the 7-day trial period of Zwift and go through a few intense workouts to see if it adds anything for you.
JonasOctober 11, 2021 at 6:58 am #14726David WardenKeymaster
And if you can settle for just using a Garmin, it’s completely free. See our document Understanding Your TrainingPeaks Structured Workout Plan for instructions on how to sync with your Garmin device, particularly step 4.
DavidOctober 11, 2021 at 8:21 am #14727
interesting, i didn’t know i could import TP workouts into Zwift. Okay then it’s either the luxury version (Zwift) or barebone (Garmin).October 14, 2021 at 6:35 am #14758
@Jonas i gave Zwift a try for executing a 80/20 workout, thanks again for pointing out this option. Seems to work ok but i don‘t know if it‘s worth the price. Also because adjustments mid-workout are not very convenient. Apparently you can dial down ERG intensity only in 5w increments and max +/- 20w? It‘s not a big deal if your zones are dialed in but an unnecessary restriction if you ask me.October 15, 2021 at 3:59 am #14774JonasMember
it’s true that the adjustment of your target power in ERG is not very flexible in Zwift. But I don’t really see this as an issue.
If you have a good training plan (e.g. an 80/20 Endurance plan 😉 ) and test your FTP regularly you should always be able to hit the target power of your session. And if you have a really bad day, the +/-10% that Zwift allows, is plenty (in my experience) to buffer such a day-to-day performance fluctuation.
I would go even further and claim that if you are not able to hit the target power within the 10% window that you can adjust in Zwift, you don’t have your training zones set up correctly. I mean, what’s the point of having a structered training plan and workout with power targets, if you’re not able to hit that target?
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