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  • in reply to: indoor training – which tool? #14774
    Jonas
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    Hi Heiko

    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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    in reply to: indoor training – which tool? #14725
    Jonas
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    Hi Heiko

    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.

    Cheers
    Jonas

    in reply to: online plans = book plans? #14701
    Jonas
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    To my knowledge they are or at least were identical. I think that some adjustments were done on the online plans at some point and I don’t know if those were also incorporated into newer editions of the book.

    However, for me, the main benefit from the online plans comes from the integration into Trainingpeaks and the synchronization with my watch.

    Cheers
    Jonas

    in reply to: Swimming outside #14700
    Jonas
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    Hi Snooky

    I have two fixed buoys at my swim spot in the lake that I use when I do intervals in open water. I know the distance between the two buoys so I have a better estimation of the distance that I swim each interval and I can hold onto them during the rest periods making it a bit more relaxed. Maybe you can find some buoys or other markers as well?

    But in general, in my opinion you will always compromise a bit on the quality of the intervals when you do swims with speed work in the open water. It’s just something you have to accept as the cost of being able to have your swims in open water 🙂

    Cheers
    Jonas

    in reply to: 70.3 Nine weeks out from 140.6, which plan to follow? #14585
    Jonas
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    I had a very similar situation this year having an Ironman as my A-race and a 70.3 five weeks beforehand that I still wanted to perform well at.
    If you have your focus clearly on the IM, I would absolutely recommend to train according to an IM plan and adjust it to incorporate the 70.3. I basically did exactly what you describe: I added a taper week before the 70.3 and included a recovery week afterwards. After that I proceeded with the IM plan as it was originally.
    If your performance on the 70.3 is less important to you, you could also just substitute the longer run and bike in that week with the race and basically “train through the race”.

    Either way, enjoy and good luck 🙂

    in reply to: Adjusting plan to let Achilles recover #13713
    Jonas
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    I had a similar issue last year with sore Achilles and calves.
    What helped me to recover apart from adjusting my training was wearing compression sleeves (or socks) during my runs. I’m not a medical professional in any way but I had the feeling it helped in reducing the impact on the muscle & tendon during the run. Maybe something worth experimenting with for you as well 🙂

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