What is the benefit of matching outdoor ride with planned indoor workout?

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#1

I know how to match an outdoor ride with a planned indoor workout but why and when should I do it and what is the benefit? (Especially if I have not more than one planned workout per day.)

When NOT matching both workouts, I see those side by side with the outdoor ride checkmarked and the indoor workout skipped. Seeing this I automatically assume that I did that outdoor ride instead of the planned indoor workout AND also keep seeing the workout that was originally planned for that day (I think this is a benefit).

Then after matching there is no more skipped workout to see as it gets associated with the outdoor ride. So the benefit might be to have not “skipped” anything…but does skipping lead to any consequence in some statistics or whatsoever?
Whereas the downside is that you cannot immediately see in the calendar which workout got replaced by the outdoor ride (you have to click into the outdoor ride to see).

Am I missing something?

Finally the second aspect of the question:
Should I only match outdoor rides to planned indoor workouts if the ride roughly matched the workout in terms of training benefit (TSS and/or interval structure) or does it not matter and I sould match in any case?


#2

Nope, I agree with you. I’d rather see the planned indoor ride next to actual outdoor ride so I compare if I wish.


#3

It sounds like for you and your preferences, allowing the two rides (the skipped ride and the actual ride) to co-exist is ideal. There are no negative statistics associated with skipping rides, so this allows you a higher clarity when reviewing your past rides.

That being said, some users really don’t like having a Skipped Ride showing up on their plan when they did an alternative equivalent ride outdoors. For some it can be very satisfying and motivating to see all planned rides on your Calendar show as “Completed”, so for that reason, we allow this as an option.

By allowing this option, we can make everyone happy. Those that like to see all of the information side-by-side can choose not to associate the ride, and those that like their planned rides to show “Completed” have that option as well. And whichever way you choose to look at it, all the information is available for analysis.

I hope that clears things up, let me know if you have any further questions!


#4

Thanks for clearing this up, does help!


#5

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