So I have tried setting up a couple of Multisport training plans in the calendar. It works ok for using a cycling video as all the data shows up if you use the app and ride indoors to a video.
However I find the calendar and the training plans to be pretty cumbersome. Swimming is a real problem. While I appreciate that the swim training in the various plans is geared to setting up people with progressive training time, distances and intensities it doesn’t really work if you swim train with a club. As an example. We train in a 25 m pool twice a week for 90 minutes. The duration of the workouts is governed by the pool rental time, not what phase of training we are in.
The days are set, we can’t say it would work better for the training schedule to move the Tuesday night workout to a Monday morning. Its not when we rent the pool time. So basically the bike and run training needs to be flexible to work with the swimming schedule.
As we can’t change duration or days the workouts are adjusted based on intensity and the addition of drills. Its recognized that early in the season we need to build and the 90 minute workout is tailored to provide more easy paced swimming and more focus on drill work. As the season progresses we start to focus on endurance, then power, then speed work. So the distance will increase during the endurance phase, and during the power and speed workouts there is more emphasis on intensity and with increased rest for recovery between sets.
But the current training format does not accommodate this. First off it would be good to be able to set the days and duration for the workouts. In my case Tuesday and Friday nights for 90 minutes. I would like to be able to enter the actual workouts into the calendar and download workout metrics from my Garmin watch. Ideally I would like to be able to track 50 m pace, 100 m pace and 400 m pace to see improvement over a workout cycle.
I have similar, but slightly different issues for run training. Right now the calendar is lacking the flexibility to build the workouts around what I plan to do for running and track my running metrics.
I am currently using Strava as my go to app for tracking the workouts. But planning seems to be a real challenge, regardless of the app.
Are there any suggestions out there in the collective hive mind?