TrainerRoad.com integration with SufferFest videos
Last night I used the TrainerRoad software again, this time with one of my thesufferfest.com videos, There is no try. Somebody, presumably at TrainerRoad or SufferFest, has gone in and created intervals that closely match those in the video. SufferFest videos give you target perceived effort (e.g. 7.5/10) and cadence for each segment, and the TrainerRoad intervals have been created to match these in time and intensity, scaled to your power level.
It was a mostly good experience. The workout intervals are well matched to the video intervals, sometimes there might be one or two seconds difference, but no big deal. The only real problem I had was that I kept losing the sound of the video. SufferFest videos are pro tour footage, set usually to banging dance tracks. The music is a key part. But for large periods I wasn’t hearing the music. I have since discovered that this is down to a bad connection between my headphones and the extension lead that runs to the computer. Not related to the software at all. The data for my ride is here, and there is a screenshot below:
It was quite hard work. I could have gone slightly harder, I think. Next time I will scale it to 101 or 102% of FTP to make it a little harder. Ideally I want to be really fighting to keep up.
One interesting feature of TrainerRoad is their workout designer, where you can create workouts like the one above yourself, using a drag and drop style interface. I’ve been playing about with that, designing a workout for Thursday night, based on the “pyramid intervals” described in Adam Topham’s book, a protocol that I followed last week (until I died on my arse, that is). I will post about this, hopefully tomorrow, but there is the small matter of Real Madrid vs Manchester United in the way…