Every athlete experiences interruptions to their training schedule from time to time. These interruptions can sometimes derail a season, but luckily for TrainerRoad athletes, this is where Adaptive Training steps in.
When you need to take time off the bike—be it due to illness, injury, or taking a break, Adaptive Training will make the proper adjustments to optimize your training for your goal events.
Note: We no longer offer the ability to push and/or pull weeks. This is because Adaptive Training effectively takes care of the process automatically without pushing your training plan a week forward, which could offset your plan from the date of your goal event.
What are the different types of Time Off?
If you have any planned obligations that may interrupt your training, which may include:
- Relaxing vacations
- Family time around the holidays
- Low-stress work functions
- A much-needed break from structured training
These types of interruptions are unique because, if planned carefully, they can act as recovery time, which helps to minimize their impact on your training.
If you sustain an injury, you should consult a medical professional to see how you can proceed. Athletes who take time off from training due to an injury need to be sensible by listening to their body (and physician if applicable), then ease back into their training load. You can account for this time away from training by scheduling Time Off due to an injury, and Adaptive Training will take care of the rest.
If you fall ill, you should rest your body. If possible, meet with a medical professional to determine the full extent of your illness. Enjoy the time out of the saddle and use it as a break from structured training. Adaptive Training will ensure you reach your goals by taking this into account and ensuring your training is still on track by the time you can ride again.
While the options below will allow you to account for scheduled time off preemptively, simply skipping a workout will still prompt the necessary adaptations with no extra input needed.
How can I add Time Off?
During Plan Builder
If you use our Plan Builder feature, you will have the option to schedule Time Off before your plan is created. Plan Builder now includes a step to add and plan around time off the bike when you're building a new plan. Haven’t planned any time off yet? You can add it to your Calendar later (see below), and Plan Builder will automatically adjust your plan.
After a Training Plan has been created
If you have scheduled time off, you can add an annotation to your Calendar the same way you'd add a workout, races, etc. Athletes have always had the option to add notes to their Calendar in the form of annotations, but now with Adaptive Training, these same annotations can also be used to plan Time Off and specify a reason.
Planning Time Off via annotations will trigger Adaptive Training to adjust your plan to account for the time off. Simply:
- Log in to the TrainerRoad application or website.
- Click on the Calendar tab.
- Click the “+” in the bottom right-hand corner or select the specific day on the Calendar.
- Select “Add Annotation”.
- From there, enter your information.
Once you've added an annotation, TrainerRoad will prompt you to adapt your training plan to account for the Time Off.
When you add the new plan to your Calendar, the Time Off you added via Plan Builder will automatically display as an annotation there.