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How to Use Outside Workouts with Adaptive Training

Outside Workouts that are part of your training plan are supported by Adaptive Training.

Adaptive Training considers outside ride files that have been associated with a planned TrainerRoad Outside Workout. This includes when the outside ride is automatically associated with the planned workout or any manual workout associations made after the ride.

Associating an Outside Ride with a Planned TrainerRoad Workout 

Automatically

Before completing the outside ride, switch your planned TrainerRoad Workout to “Outside” on your Calendar. Then once the outside ride is uploaded to TrainerRoad - either via Ride Sync (Strava/Garmin) or uploaded manually - the ride will automatically associate with the planned Outside Workout.

Adaptive Training will still consider the workout even if you don’t complete the outside ride as a TrainerRoad Outside Workout on your head unit.

Manually 

If you forget to switch your workout to “Outside” before completing the workout, your completed outside ride won’t automatically associate with the planned TrainerRoad Workout.

That said, you can still switch the planned workout to “Outside” after uploading the workout to TrainerRoad, then manually associate the completed outside ride with the planned TrainerRoad Outside Workout on your Calendar.

Read more about how to manually associate an outside ride with a TrainerRoad workout at our support page linked below:

Outside Workout Survey

By default, Adaptive Training considers completed Outside Workouts to be successful and adjusts your Progression Levels afterward to reflect this. But just as with indoor workouts, your response to the post-workout survey can add further nuance to how Adaptive Training responds to your performance.

Once your outside ride has been associated with the planned TrainerRoad workout, you can update your survey response on the app or website to rate how the workout felt, or select "I Did Not Pass" in case you struggled with workout.

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Read more about Survey Responses at our support page linked below:

FAQs

Can I do unstructured outside rides and use Adaptive Training?

Currently, unstructured outside workouts are not taken into account via Adaptive Training.

Why did I get a survey for an unstructured, outside ride?

While unstructured outside rides are not being considered for potential adaptations (yet), you will still receive a survey for unstructured rides, so you can have consistent opportunities to record your subjective feedback for every ride.

What equipment do I need to use Adaptive Training if I train outside?

You’ll need a head unit to record your workouts and upload them to TrainerRoad. Then it’s simply a question of associating your completed outside ride with a planned TrainerRoad workout for it to be considered by Adaptive Training.

Do I need to push the Outside Workout to my head unit for it to be considered by Adaptive Training?

No, even if you don’t complete the outside ride as a TrainerRoad Outside Workout on your head unit, Adaptive Training will still consider it as long as it’s associated with a planned workout on your Calendar.

Does Adaptive Training work outside if you don’t have a power meter?

Yes. Even if you don’t have a power meter while training outside, by associating a completed outside ride with a planned TrainerRoad workout it’ll be considered by Adaptive Training.

Can I associate an outside ride with a planned indoor workout?

No, outside rides can not be associated with planned indoor workouts. They will need to be associated with a planned Outside Workout to be considered by Adaptive Training. 

Will my outside ride be considered in Adaptive Training if I only mark it as “Completed”?

Adaptive training will not consider planned workouts that are manually marked as ‘Complete’. The outside ride must be uploaded to TrainerRoad and associated with a planned workout on your Calendar.

Why don't I see an Outside Workout available for my workout?

While we have an incredibly comprehensive workout library, there are still workouts without outside versions. That said, we're actively working on building Outside Workout versions for all our workouts. 

Why don't I see ‘Alternates’ for Outside Workouts?

At the moment, you won't be able to view "Alternates" for Outside Workouts. In order to find an Alternate for an Outside Workout, switch the workout back to indoors, find the relevant Alternate and replace the workout, then switch it to "Outside".
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