Originally Posted by Bren66
Thanks for the reply...What did you think of the training plan that PC Coach produced? Too hard, too easy, just right.... or did it become right when you put feedback in?
I usually played around with the set-up (I'd set up several plans with the interview and delete them) until it seemed right. PC Coach usually started too easy when I'd been training a lot prior to starting a plan. I didn't like that there wasn't a good option for continuing after finishing a plan. Also, the few times that the training was too much it seemed the program was slow to react (or didn't change at all) when I responded to the weekly interview questions to indicate that I was feeling overtrained.
One reason that I stopped using PC Coach and tried a live-person coach, is because I got injured a few times when following a static PC Coach plan. I needed something/someone that could tailor my ongoing training to my feedback. I also didn't like the PC Coach limit of training for a single event. Both a coach and TrainingPeaks can handle multiple events.
TrainingPeaks' ATP and Virtual Coach give me parameters within which I can adjust my own training. If you use TrainingPeaks I'd recommend doing some reading if you don't already have a background in training theory. Joe Friel's Total Heart Rate Training
is a good start. I also like Carmichael's, The Ultimate Ride
for goal setting and thinking about a yearly plan. Joe Friel's blog is also a good resource.