How to start TR workout?


#1

I have TR (PC) up and Kickr Core (just out-of-the-box) set up and connected on ANT+. Have cadence and speed sensors on BT working, and HRM on ANT+. Did not see Spin Down on TR, so did calibration and advanced calibration on Android.

I selected Ramp Test on TR, watched the video.

I have no idea what to press or select next. I see no start or GO or Green play arrow on the screen. I also cannot reach the computer once on the bike.

It is just that basic a problem :slight_smile:

I told it I want to do less than 1 hour workouts, moderate, etc and it said there were none matching my criteria. I am 67 and training for 5K,10K, 20K time trials later in the year.
I tried Wahoo Fitness on the Android and connect BT this time. I do not know what the Android is doing but it is like riding up a 5-7% grade at 85 rpm 200W.
TIA
Glen


#2

Just start pedaling :+1:


#3

You need to pair your sensors and trainer in trainerroad…it wont start until it senses motion…you will need either an ANT+ dongle or bluetooth dongle for your pc.


#4

OK, let me try that. Might be back in 30 minutes…


#5

It sounds like you may be on their webpage trying to start from there. You need to download their app https://www.trainerroad.com/download and start in there.
It is also best to do it in a structured way instead of cherry picking workouts. Best way is generally Sweet Spot Low Volume I & II (6 weeks each.) Then go to the appropriate Build Phase, then Specialty.


#6

No good. It lets me add the ramp test to the calendar, but nothing happens when I pedal.

I expected a progress screen where it would show all the stuff: HR, speed, power, and time elapsed.
???


#7

Thanks. No, TR is on the PC already. First step is to get it to work, then decide on workouts :wink:
Glen


#8

Oh, I must not have made it clear, all sensors were working on the Device page.
Glen


#9

Hey, Glen,

Not knowing your experience with structured training, it really is best to follow Base > Build > Specialty once you get everything sorted out. Many of us here can tell you from experience that cherry picking workouts generally leads to burnout, frustration and de-motivation. There are a bunch of threads here that support this statement.

Otherwise, best of luck with your TT’s later this year!


#10

Never mind, u were trying to tell me I was on the web page, and YES, it did that when I clicked add to calendar.
Closed all that out, brought up TR again, and then it had the Ramp Test screen.

:frowning: unfortunately my FTP is not as good as I had hoped at 202.


#11

YOU ARE NOT YOUR FTP…

  • (picture that scene in Fight Club where Brad Pitt does the “YOU ARE NOT YOUR…” monologue)

FTP IS JUST A NUMBER.

  • Take if for what is it… a data point used to set training zones.
  • It does not define you as a cyclist.
  • There is so much more to your identity and abilities on a bike.
  • Ignore the tendency to measure yourself against others with a such narrow metric.

#12

Oh How I wish that I had an FTP of 202. Mine is 152.


#13

To add, you may well under-perform for a number of reasons.

  • Lack of sufficient cooling (good fans and cool air, if possible)
  • Proper motivation before and during the effort (Look at it a bit like a race and plan to pour all of yourself into the test.)
  • Proper nutrition prior to the effort (same as above).

#14

When I joined TR just over 3yrs ago I tested at 210 (at 88kg) - was also disappointed - now sometime later - I’m now 20kg lighter and at 4W/kg - so hang in there - each year is a eye-opener - I never thought I could do 3x20m @threshold, or repeated 3min VO2 intervals @ 120+% … these are now routine … you can only get faster and fitter now that you have started using TR