Used to play Badminton competitively as a youth and was pretty fit until I started studying. Dropped everything during university and in the first years of working and felt “meh”.
Eventually discovered biking through friends, went all in, completely dug myself into a hole within just a couple of weeks. When trying to find out what was wrong I discovered that others watch their heart rate, which I previously considered as something that only the real pros do. Bought a heart rate strap out of desperation and found out that heart rate matters. Rode about 3 years with a heart rate strap only and had lots of fun.
Then had to stop again for a couple of years due to work and re-started about 3-4 months ago. Quickly increased my training pace again, quickly realised that I’m not getting where I want to be. Googled, found out that other folks are using power meters - again something that I considered pro-only equipment. Out of desperation I bought a Power2Max NGEco (after lots of research) and discovered a whole new dimension to training.
Shortlisted Sufferfest, Trainerroad and Xert, went ahead with Xert. Saw some training results but was put off by the confusing interface, lack of structure and my inability to judge whether I was on the right track. Felt I needed something that gives me more guidance and handholding to learn more about structured training and proper progress.
Revisited Sufferfest and Trainerroad, listened to the Podcast, signed up and here I am.