This latest educational webinar for new coaches was recorded on March 22, 2016. For any questions you have please search or browse our Help Center. Or feel free to send a request to our Customer Success Team at any time if you can't find an answer or need some additional help.
Questions and Answers
How can I move workouts between libraries?
- Open the workout library icon on the far left > find the workout you'd like to move > drag the workout from the library into a calendar > click the workout > from the pop-up window click the ☰ icon on the top right > click save to library > choose which library you'd like to save the workout to > save and close > open up the original library in which the workout is saved > click the workout > delete.
- Going forward we're going to add drag and drop functionality between workout libraries.
How can I change the date range on a chart?
- The top header on the dashboard can be clicked and modified for another date range.
- To change the date range of a chart move your cursor over the chart in the dashboard so you can see the ☰ icon appear in the top right > click that > you'll see a drop down menu of different date range options > apply.
- You can also add several versions of the same chart e.g. power duration chart and customize each chart with different date range.
What is the Performance Management Chart?
The Performance Management chart allows you to track your fitness (CTL), fatigue (ATL), and training stress balance (TSB). It all derives from TSS, which quantifies your training load based upon the cumulative intensity and duration of your workouts in relation to your threshold power.
CTL, or chronic training load is your average TSS over the last 42 days. This can be thought of as your fitness
ATL, or acute training load is your average TSS over the last 7 days. This can be thought of as your fatigue
TSB, or training stress balance, is the difference between your ATL and CTL. This can be though of as your form
Taken together, CTL, ATL, and TSB give you a quantifiable measure of your fitness, fatigue, and form.
Why does this matter? Because traditional measure of training load like hours do not capture the effect of intensity on training load. One can say they trained 10 hours. Well, 10 hours of what? 10 hours easy? 10 hours hard? There's a huge difference between the two.
TrainingPeaks quantifies that for you. Now you'll say "I got 800 TSS last week", not 15 hours.
Here are a couple good links which explain the Performance Management Chart: http://home.trainingpeaks.com/blog/article/what-is-the-performance-management-chart
What is the red number (notifications)?
- The red number you see represents new messages in your notification center which you can access by clicking on the bell icon next to your name on the top right of the screen. When an athlete uploads a workout, adds a comment, or is expiring from a TrainingPeaks Premium athlete to a basic athlete a red number will appear out of the bell. To review that notification click the bell icon. A pop-up window will appear with the alerts arranged chronologically. If you click on the alert the workout will load (if the notification is for a workout) or if the athlete is expiring you'll be taken to the 'manage athlete' page.
Can the Fitness History Chart dates be changes?
- At this time you cannot change the date range on the Fitness History Chart.
Could you give me some more information on TSS?
- TSS, or training stress score is a number that quantifies the intensity and duration of your training load in relation to your functional threshold. Instead of trying to plan/review a workout in terms of how many hours or miles an athlete has completed you can use TSS - the single value can now represent how hard, and how long the athlete trained. TSS uses a point system with an all out hour effort counting as 100 TSS points.
- You can approximate TSS with the following formula: IF^2 x hours x 100 = TSS where 'IF' is 'Intensity factor' (see below) and hours is expressed in decimal form. For example, let's say an athlete completes a 2 hour bike workout at a 0.7 IF. (0.7)^2 x 2 x 100 = 98 TSS, or roughly the equivalent stress as 1 hour at threshold.
- TSS is the foundation for the Performance Management Chart which you can use to monitor an athlete's fitness (CTL), fatigue (ATL), and form (TSB) in preparation for events.
What are the values PW:HR , VI, EF , VAM?
- PW:HR is also known as Aerobic Decoupling and can be used to measure your aerobic fitness for an individual workout. Please see this article on decoupling for an in-depth explanation.
- VI is the Variability Index and can be used to show how smooth or evenly paced a particular workout was.
- EF is your Efficiency Factor can be used to measure your aerobic fitness for similar workouts over a period of time.
- VAM is the average rate of an ascent/climb, measured in meters per hour.
- Lastly, we have a help page that provides a great overview on all of the advanced analysis metrics you can view within the expanded view of a workout. Please note that this will be dependent on the workout type (i.e. bike, run, swim, etc...) and what data an athlete's device has recorded for that workout.
What values are right for a rest day for ATL & CTL?
- There are no absolute values that will indicate when an athlete needs a rest day. All athletes are individuals and depending on their fitness levels will be able to tolerate different amounts of training load. We do have some great resources on these metrics and others associated with the Performance Management Chart (PMC) though. Please check out this help page for a short video on the PMC as well as additional links that further explain these metrics.
What do the colors of the workout mean? Green, red and yellow.
- These colors are based on compliance; whether or not an athlete has completed the workout as prescribed. In order to use compliance you must have a planned duration in the workout. We will be adding planned distance and TSS to compliance as well in the near future. Please see our help page on Compliance for more information.
If an athlete leaves a post workout comment how would I receive that in an email message?
- Post workout notification emails that are sent to you, when your athlete uploads a workout or comments on their workout, is a feature you can utilize with your premium athletes. You'll just need to click on that athlete and access their settings to update this (turn on or off). Please note that we also have an In-App Notification Center that will also alert you to what your athletes are doing.
I currently have a coach account for my athlete's but I also coach myself. For the moment I have also created an athlete for myself. Is it possible to combine my coach account with an athlete account?
- An athlete account and coach account are completely separate types of accounts that cannot be combined. In order to use TrainingPeaks as an athlete, you must have an athlete account (a coach account doesn't have it's own calendar that you can plan, track and analyze your own workouts). Best thing to do is to log into your coach account and send yourself a request to be coached. Logout of your athlete account and then open this email you've sent yourself and accept the request by logging back into your coach account. You will now only have to access one TrainingPeaks account to use your own athlete account as well as work with your clients. If you require further assistance with this please reach out to our fantastic Customer Success Team
For further in-depth training on all of the TrainingPeaks Coach Products, please check out the link below for TrainingPeaks University. As we have upcoming TPUs confirmed, they will be posted to this page.