How to use TrainingPeaks: 3 time-saving hints
TrainingPeaks is a widely-used tool by many different kinds of athletes and coaches. It’s a powerful app that does a great job of letting users organise training, as well as conduct analysis on previous workouts and plan future peaks.
There are a few features embedded in the app that aren’t so immediately obvious, especially to beginners, so here are a few tips you may not already know to help make your use of TrainingPeaks a little more efficient.
As always, please let me know any of your own tips in the comments below this post! On with the tips…
Copy and Paste
Having to write out a workout that you’ve already done that week again isn’t exactly the best use of your time. What you can do instead is simply copy and paste a workout from another day to replicate it.
To do this, hover over the workout you want to copy and click on the horizontal lines that appear. Then simply click “copy” as shown here:
When you have copied the workout, simply take your cursor to the day you wish to paste it to and again use the cursor to hover, this time over the date. You then just need to click paste (which will now be an available option) to paste the workout to that day.
Sometimes, you won’t need to see every detail of every workout when looking at the calendar as a whole. The details of each workout can sometimes get lengthy and therefore distracting when you want a broader perspective, so using the compact view mode is a good way to get around this.
To switch to compact view, just take your cursor over to the far right of your calendar page, and click on the three horizontal lines, as shown below:
You then simply tick the box that says “Compact view” and the calendar will then remove the workout details from view, leaving you with a simplified schedule that shows more weeks and is easier to absorb at a glance:
Organise order of workouts
In the past, it could get quite annoying when uploading more than one file a day and TrainingPeaks would log the workouts the wrong way around.
A fairly new feature that they’ve introduced is being able to order the workouts for the day. To do this, all you need to do is click and hold a workout you haven’t performed yet and then drag it above or below another workout of that day.
In this example, you can see how to drag a workout below another one to make that the second workout of the day:
This saves a lot of time and hassle rearranging and rewriting workouts that haven’t been logged correctly by the app!
Finally, there are loads of analysis tips you can learn in some of the best cycling training books I recommend here!
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