Please improve Training Plan schedule flexibility

(Stefan) #41

I joined Zwift, cause the great workout and especially the training plans. But now I’m on the same situation as a lot of other zwifters.
Due to a cold I was unable to keep the plan running. Having a 3-5 Day break should not break the plan in this manner. Why isn’t it possible to shift a play by some days ? Shifting for some days would be better than leaving out some workouts, pitty

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(Tim) #42

Just joined Zwift and I enrolled in the 101 training to check things out and could not figure out why I couldn’t do the first workout, evidently I missed it. I enrolled in the training and went to start the workout the next day and the first workout was unavailable. Perhaps the clock shouldn’t start until you do the first workout?

Today I finished the 2nd (actually the 3rd ) 101 workout in the early afternoon now I see that I can’t start the last workout until after 6AM - and I was planning to do it at 5 AM so I can make it to work on time. Not sure I’ll be able to get it in after work due to other commitments with family.

The workout plans look great and I was planning to do the gravel grinder training but now I’m not so sure due to scheduling conflicts that will surely arise due to work travel.

Please allow these training plans to be flexible for those that want to do them, they seem excellent. While I wish I could plan my work day around my cycling schedule that will never happen as I’m sure is true for most Zwifters! By building in this flexibility I believe more people will enroll in the plans and current Zwifters will recommend Zwift instead of telling others of the training plan limitations.

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(M) #43

I just joined Zwift and planned to start a training plan but I’m shocked to read about all these limitations in training schedule. There’s a good chance they’re going to lose me as a customer. There are too many other options out there and we pay too much not to be able to train when our lives allow.

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(Matt) #44

I’ve got the same issue. I’m into my final week of the 12 week Build me Up plan and I have a business trip that is going to take me out of town at the end of the week for four days. As a result I’m going to miss the final workout in the plan which happens to be the final FTP test to see what kind of improvements have been made. The workout isn’t available until the day I leave and has to be completed before I return! I’d love to be able to either move it up or push it back 24 hours! It’s frustrating to think I’ve put in 12 weeks of effort only to miss out on the final payoff!

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(Terry Waters) #45

I think most zwifters think this way simon. Good call. The wife was on a twelve week plan and had a cold so missed ten sessions.

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(Ash) #46

+1 for a bit more flexibility. I love some of the training plans, but can’t always manage 3 or 4 sessions per week. It would be great to be able to adjust the number of sessions down to fit my lifestyle and family commitments

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(Miranda) #47

Yes, I would love to see the schedule of the training plan derived from an integrated web-based training calendar where you could push the timing of the workouts around to suit, well, life. If your adjustments made the TSS over a few days too high, or if you deleted an important workout, or if two similar sessions got moved too close together there could be warnings that popped up suggesting you remedy the issue, but it would be up to you to make those decisions. And then your available training plan workout when you logged into Zwift would be the one you scheduled for today.

As someone with a fair bit of experience with structured training plans, I’ve tried starting Zwift training plans a couple of times and found them impossible to work around my other activities and constraints.

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(Gerrie) #48

Matt: you can select the FTP test (short or long) from the workout menu and do it any time.

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(Steve Dolap) #49

Please add the option to move the training schedule. Seems to work for other training apps out there. Thanks.

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(Tim) #50

Add this to the Top Ten List … Right after Adding The Ironman Kona Course (with a ghost rider of someone I will only be able to stay with for 100M :slight_smile: )

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(Darren) #51

I’m paying £13 a month, it ridiculous that I can’t choose when I complete a ride. I work away from hone frequently and need some flexibility. Come on Zwift

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(Robert) #52

I certainly agree with some of the other commentors. It really would improve the training programs to be able to “pause” a plan and pick it up again at a later time … and at the same point you had to leave it. The increasing difficulty built into the plans makes missing more than two a real challenge when you return to the program. So a little more flexibility would smooth out the progression. Most business travel or family vacations usually don’t go mor than a week or ten days. If there is a concern at ZWIFT about losing fitness during an extended pause, perhaps having a time limit to begin again before segments are dropped would help both the trainer and the trainee sides of the equation.[quote=“Si_Jaggers, post:1, topic:14036, full:true”]
Hi,

My job frequently takes me away from home for days at a time. I often return home to find I’ve missed a deadline for a training plan workout by a couple of hours, but it is locked and marked unavailable. Similarly, if I go on holiday part way through a 12 week training plan, I can miss lots of sessions with no option to do them, and worse I’m then expected to do harder sessions that I’ve not had the opportunity to train for.

A truly flexible Training Plan would adapt to my schedule, but as things are it’s the other way around. Perhaps the ability to ‘pause’ a Training Plan would be helpful where extended absence is unavoidable. Also the ability to unlock and perform a workout where the deadline was missed would be great, with the subsequent Training Plan schedule being re-flowed and adjusted accordingly. Perhaps just have an option for ‘no deadlines’ at the ‘enroll’ stage, and workouts can be performed as time permits, with the rest periods and future schedule adjusting as required.

I have enough deadlines to worry about, without having to think about Zwift deadlines too!

Thanks!

-Simon
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(Chris) #53

Seems there’s more than enough desire from the community for a flexible plan–would love to hear back from Zwift about this.

Another common issue is illness. I got hit with something this weekend and couldn’t complete a ride. I really only needed to push it a couple of days. I love the regimen which is included, but some level of flex is needed. We should be able to push [n] number of workouts by [n] number of days, which would preserved the structure but allow for changes for work, family, or health issues. These should be limited in number per training block to keep the pressure on and the overall structure intact.

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(Gerrie) #54

quick question: If you need this ultra flexibility why not use these training plans, you can do any workout any time you want.

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(Chris) #55

Not sure anyone’s asking for “Ultra” flexibility. Those training plans are exactly what we’re all referring to, no?

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(Gerrie) #56

most of those workouts are in Zwift and you can do them whenever you want. There are two ways to do workouts one is by selecting a Plan and the other is to do them individuality. I prefer to do them individually.

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(Stacey) #57

not the build me up - i have started and stopped 2x due to the inflexibility. it looks like people have been asking for these to actually be flexible for months - has there been any response from zwift HQ?

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(Gerrie) #58

Yes that is correct “Build me up” is not there but there are many other plans, there is noting magic about a specific plan.

with Workouts you get all the flexibility that you want.

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(Jim) #59

Unless, of course, the flexibility you want is to do the Build Me Up plan with allowances for scheduling conflicts. :slight_smile:

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(Chris) #60

Zwift absolutely needs to provide the ability to override the recommended rest period. I find myself doing “filler” rides in between the lock out periods because Zwift won’t let me access the next ride! Or missing out on a half week of training because of a busy schedule and travel. Very frustrating!!! I think flexibility is the key word that the Zwift dev team needs to really understand. There are obviously many requests on this forum for this feature. I understand that in an ideal world we should stick with the recommended rest periods. But people are busy and need to have the flexibility to complete the training plans when they have the time each week. Don’t force us to rest because we’ll most likely find alternatives to using your product. Zwift dev team- PLEASE ADD THIS FEATURE!

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