How to use TrainerDay Plans

It's all about SHARING.

We have designed TrainerDay software to make creating and sharing cycling training plans simple.  You will probably want to use other apps/software or even on paper to manage your plans.  Here is a simple article on how-to search and use our plans. 

Software for using our plans

TrainingPeaks (TP)
Here is a small video showing how to use our training plans with TP.  There is a free method now and in January we will have a much simpler way to transfer a plan to TP.  Once in TP you can have your workouts automatically synced to many apps such as Zwift, Garmin or your Wahoo device.  Many more destinations available.

Zwift

Download the plan. Unzip it. Drag and drop the plan folder into your Zwift folder.   Watch the video.

TrainerRoad

Download the plan. Unzip it. Drag and drop the plan folder into TrainerRoad’s Workout creator software.  Watch the video.

Google Calendar   (Plus software like TrainingPeaks)

Download the plan. Unzip it. Open the CSV file in excel or google sheets and rename to columns.  Save it and import into google calendar. Watch the video.

Other Calendars or TO-DO lists

If you do a google search, I am sure you can learn how to import a CSV file into your calendar or software of choice.  If not, I suggest just manually copying the workouts.  For most people I would also recommend just copying one week at a time. This helps from having to move a large amount of workouts when plans change.  Really this should take 5 to 10 minutes per week.

Using TrainerDay

Although it is not designed for this you can use TrainerDay to follow your plan.  Here we show you how to do it with the free version of TrainingPeaks.

Old School - Paper and Pencil

Well, pencil might be hard for some of you but writing things down by hand can provide hidden benefits although your printer is likely easier. You could open the CSV in excel/google sheets and print it or just copy and paste into Microsoft Word or similar and print it out.  This really can be very effective especially if you want to follow these plans outside, not on the trainer. 

19 thoughts on “How to use TrainerDay Plans”

  1. Woodcock Johnson IV

    Alex,

    This is quite honestly the coolest thing I’ve seen from open-source training material. Period. I’ve had a large number of workouts arranged in lists by week and day, just as your video describes, so it was easy to generate a season-long plan based on those workouts using this tool. I really like the visualization this calendar offers, and I’ve already successfully exported these workouts to my Google calendar from now until June. Amazing work!

    In putting together this plan – just from what I already have and in addition to the already-present EXCELLENT TOOL – here’s what I noticed or found would be nice to have:
    – an “End On” rather than “Start On” date. I think it’d be especially useful for backwards planning if you could designate a date on which plans conclude rather than just initiate. This way users could simplify planning different blocks around target events.
    – a visualization tool that illustrates the progressive training load from week to week. TR has something like this to calculate planned and achieved training stress – it’s like a bar-chart or something atop the calendar. I’m not a fan of that display, but something like a projected TSS versus an achieved TSS on a line graph would be quite nice.

    Keep up the awesome work!

    1. Hello Woodcock, I completely missed this message. I guess I was busy before the holidays. I am so happy you like it. Your suggestion of End On is a very good one. I also totally have it planned to have a bar chart with training stress so we think the same 🙂 When we get closer to implementing this feature I will send you an email and let you review my plan and give feedback.

      1. Woodcock Johnson IV

        Hey Alex!

        Thanks for the heads up. I’ve been noodling around with the plans feature for a bit and a few more observations floated to the top of my mind. I’m also a Golden Cheetah user, and so I have a pretty wide suite of analytical tools on that platform – but there’s still not a planned-vs-achieved visualization tool there, at least not of which I’m aware. The performance management chart is cool and all, but as a strategic map it’s not all that useful without a comparison against target TSS over long periods.

        Using the planning tool and a Google Sheet, I’ve put together a graph that plots planned versus executed TSS and IF values. This gives a much better picture of status within a particular plan. For instance, my wife and I just had our third child, and that threw a very cute wrench into the base plan I was following. In previous years and with previous additions to the family, I’ve just resumed training where I left off without any real attention to the overall progression. This time, though, using your planning tool, it was a cinch to copy down the projected TSS and IF values for the entire season from a week/day-of-week (as opposed to date) workout “calendar.” Google Sheets now allows some more flexible graphing options, and if formatted correctly, users can put together some interesting visuals of data. Here’s the graph I’m using to try and resume training: https://www.dropbox.com/s/cymj8ld0n3n8q5n/Screenshot%202020-01-11%2008.18.51.png?dl=0

        Now, without a paid subscription model, I’m not sure it’d be worth it to create something like this for users for free. I imagine that would entail creating some sort of input framework for the performed values. But if there were some way to pull Title, TSS, and IF values into a spreadsheet from a plan created within Trainer Day, that would be STUPENDOUS. In any event, the utility of this platform is incredibly helpful.

        Thanks for all your fine work!

        1. Hello Woodcock, your chart looks interesting and I believe I understand what you are asking for but I don’t understand the value of comparing planned TSS to actual would really bring when looking at the past on a daily level, same with IF. Not saying there is no value, I just don’t understand. So if I saw last week some days TSS were much higher than expected what do I do with that information? Generally, if the total weekly TSS is much higher than planned that would drive a strongly negative TSB so as you say the PMC chart can give you that and tell you, hey maybe you better take it easy this week. When you download a plan on the top left, you have CSV file in there that has workout stress/tss. I do have plans to add more paid features in the future which includes actual vs performed feedback right after the workout which makes sense to me. You are very welcome. Send me email if you want to discuss more. I would love to really understand the value of this.

        2. Hello Woodcock, when you download a plan on the top right, you have CSV file in there that has workout stress/tss, title… Isn’t that what you are asking for?

          Your chart looks interesting but I don’t understand the value of comparing planned TSS to actual would really bring when looking at the past on a daily level, same with IF. Not saying there is no value, I just don’t understand. So if I saw last week some days TSS were much higher than expected what do I do with that information? Generally, if the total weekly TSS is much higher than planned that would drive a strongly negative TSB so as you say the PMC chart can give you that and tell you, hey maybe you better take it easy this week. I do have plans to add more paid features in the future which includes actual vs performed feedback right after the workout which makes sense to me. You are very welcome. Send me an email if you want to discuss more. I would love to really understand how you are using this planned vs actual.

  2. Looks good – testing out training plan/workouts etc with the smart trainer/garmin. All good sofar.
    Like woodcock I have been looking for somewhere to transfer my workout plans from excel.

    1. Cool, Andrew, yes I was in the same boat. I thought more people would use it for sharing plans (I will make sure and get more contributors) but it appears lots of people are using it for private plans which is great also.

  3. Hi Alex, I need some help.

    I am not able to send any workout to TP, I always get an error message thay says there is problem with that specific workout, but it happens with all tje workouts.

    I’ve already disconnect and connect again my TD account with my TP account.

    Thanks!

    1. Hello Gisellevesga, not sure what is going on, it seems specific to your account for some reason. And yes disconnecting and reconnecting should have fixed it. Can you send me an email to the hello email address below with a link to an example workout?

  4. Hey Alex,
    I cannot download any plan (created and copied). After pressing Download. button becomes inactive and nothing happens. Checked Chrome and Edge on Windows andb Chrome on Android. Workouts dowload works fine. This is BTW best open-source project regarding training form me (after GC you know..).

  5. Hi Alex,

    I made these nice plans on TD, and I would like to send them to TrainingPeaks. However, TD sends the whole week’s workouts to today’s slot on the calendar. Uploading a plan from TD to TP meaning I will have to manually arrange the workouts in TP? Am I missing something here?

    Thank you,
    Dotan

    1. Hello Dotan, no, they should each go to the correct day but the only want to do that is if you have a premium plan in TrainingPeaks. If you have a paid plan and you are seeing them all on a single day, there could be a bug. Let me know.

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