I am time-crunched.  Our new Training App.

Hello, this is Alex. 
Let me tell you a story.  Like many of you, I have a very busy schedule.  I have a great wife and six-year-old twin boys that I spend a lot of time with.  I have a part-time technology job.  I also have my passion and our future, which is TrainerDay.  With all that. Oh, and I try to squeeze in some training too.

All Cyclists have Disposable Income
Also, there is a myth that cyclists all have a lot of disposable income.  Yes, we spend more on cycling than most sane people, but most of us still have budget constraints and want to get the best value for our purchases.   People in less affluent countries frequently have even more constraints.  TrainerDay is here to help.  We want to always offer a top quality, very efficient training tools at a reasonable cost.  Anyway, back to the story.

If I get 30-45 minutes to train that is a good day. 

Outdoors for 2-hours is incredible, but rare.  At this point in life, I can’t be serious about training.  When the kids get a little older, I plan to be.  For now, I am just a time-crunched dad that likes to help other cyclists reach their goals.  

Again, like many of you, I have tried or used most of the indoor training platforms out there.   I would say I like almost all of them, but two of my favorites ended up being TrainerRoad and Zwift.   Usually when I train it is like oh, I have 45-minutes until I have to do something and that includes a quick shower…   I don’t follow a plan and waiting for Zwift to update or start just takes too long.  I prefer self-coached and ride based on how I feel.  Feel great. Great sleep. Train harder.  Not so great. Take it easy, do a low-hr session.

Personally, I have a hard time justifying paying the high prices for TrainerRoad or Zwift when I am not following one of  TrainerRoad’s plans and only using Zwift occasionally in the nicer weather months.  I just don’t feel like I am getting the full value.

So each month I have to think.  It’s wonderful weather. Should I pause my TR and/or Zwift subscription?  Oh, I am going on vacation for 2-weeks and can’t get on the trainer…  The list goes on.  It frustrates me to have to think like this.  I would rather make one decision a year for a do it myself platform and even if I don’t use it much some months that’s ok.  

When I know I have time to spend on the trainer and the weather is bad, sure I will re-activate Zwift, Rouvy, Road Grand Tours or whatever. But on those days where I just want to do a 25-minute HIIT session, I still want something much faster, simpler and quicker than Zwift. TrainerDay is perfect for this.

I have tried using a Garmin Edge and a Wahoo Roam for indoor training.  Between transferring workouts and the interface for training, these are not the best experience for indoors.  They are great for outdoors but for indoors sub-par.  

Now with the TD training app.  I can hop on my trainer and start my warmup in 10-seconds.  Then while warming up I can look for the workout I will do or I can even create it and inject it into my current session without having to throw away that start to the warmup.  It looks better in Strava to have 25 minutes than 20 🙂 

Your Story

Endurance fitness has fascinated me for as long as I can remember.   It’s my passion.  I have met a lot of amazing people on this journey.   Each person has their own story.  TrainerDay is a team of five now.  I hope TrainerDay and our new training app can help improve your training.   We want to keep our products simple, but ask us for whatever additions you feel are important. 

Thanks ~Alex and the TrainerDay team.

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11 thoughts on “I am time-crunched.  Our new Training App.”

  1. Woodcock Johnson IV

    Just a check in here to say that at first I had some doubts about the claimed streamline of the new app. I just sort of assumed from previous experiences with apps that this was a little intensified. Zwift, TR, RGT – there’s all this cool choice that leads me to some sort of decision paralysis.

    None of that with the new app. More stable than Golden Cheetah for indoor sessions, and way more efficient. After you pair devices, it’s like fire and forget. I spend more time scrolling to the workouts than actually deciding which one’s to do, which is great if you’re trying to execute a plan with fidelity. Then, too, the ability to view similar workouts is rich. I thought that was one of the sweet features of TR – quick adjustments to keep you on target but meet the need for user flexibility. I don’t often say this, but I think this app is pretty much everything you NEED and nothing that you don’t.

    For my part, this app has worked wonders for saving time just getting started a workout. That alone, as a busy father of three, is worth the premium. And for those who need a distraction – Netflix, YouTube, or Audible are possible options if you find it hard – as I often do – to stare at power graphs for an entire workout.

    Excellent work!

    1. Hello Woodcoock, thank you so much for the kind and positive review. We are very excited about the app. For the style of training I do, it’s actually my favorite 🙂 I might be biased but really I like it.

  2. Hello.
    I have tried the app, and it’s fine. I like the simplicity.
    But, Is the ERG mode working?
    I Tried with a bkool smart trainer, and the app recognized it as powermeter, but not as smart trainer.
    I would like to use my Favero pedals as powermeter, also recognized, and the bkool as smart trainer.

    1. Hello, we will need to research bkool a little. ERG is working for Wahoo, Tacx and some FTMS. It might be with our next FTMS update it will work with Bkool, but until I research I am not sure. Yes will will continue to improve out PM pedals + smart trainer integration. It works now but not perfectly yet.

      1. Thank you so much.
        You are awesome, you answer every comment and every request.
        Enjoy your holidays Alex.

  3. Tried it for the first time yesterday. I’m impressed. It worked really well on my iPhone and Tacx Neo trainer.
    Great work and big thanks.

  4. it’s like you read my mind. we have a very similar situation regarding training schedule, the hate for transferring workout data to my bike computer, monthly plans on other providers which half of the time i wont be able to fully use. thank you for coming up with the Trainerday app, Alex.

  5. I like the app and the easy way of control and set up. I have an issue however with the communication with the smart trainer (TACX Flux S, newest firmware). The resistance setting is oscillating quite fast, I guess from a communication error with the trainer. E.G., during an effort at 240W, the power reading and resistance perceived is dropping down to 130 and then back up again several times per minute. The same training done with the control of the Garmin headunit or the PC over bluetooth is ok. I would guess this could be due to a bluetooth protocol or something similar… Hope this can be fixed/improved!

  6. Hello Pittapittae, I have a Flux S with newest firmware too for testing but have not tested it very much other than making sure it works. Are you using android or iOS? You can send me an email to the one at the bottom of this page to make sure we get this resolved. I will test my flux ASAP to see if this is happening.

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