Hi, I was invited over from Slowtwich to share my experience so far with Athletica AI.
I’ve been using it for a few weeks (although I signed up back in November with the black Friday deal). I am using it to prescribe my bike workouts, I created a 26-week plan using the low volume option, and it gave me 4 rides a week, and I manually added one more ride on Fridays; just an easy recovery ride before the big ride on Saturday.
Now, what I have been experiencing is that my bike workouts, even though I do them as the AI prescribed them, meaning I am within the power range it provides, I keep ending up with a lower load than what is expected.
Say that Friday ride. I selected the “Recovery” option from the drop-down menu, and it gave me a Zone 2 ride, I manually made it a 60-minute workout. So far so good. Now, the load it is expecting from that workout is 44.
I did that workout using TrainerDay, I gave myself about 10 minutes of workout starting at the bottom of my Zone 2 range, and then I did 45 minutes right in the middle of my Zone 2, and then a cool down. I ended up with a load of 32. The AI was expecting a higher load from my recovery workout, even though I performed it within the range it prescribed for me.
The same thing happened with a VO2 workout earlier in the week. All the intervals are within the range it tells me, but the AI was expecting a load of 37, and I ended up with a load of 26. Again, I’m underdoing it.
If I export that recovery workout from Fridays to an MRC file and load that into Trainer Day I end up with a 60’ ride at a constant power of 198W. I think this is where that discrepancy may be; maybe the AI is expecting similar watts to what that MRC file is saying, but if that’s the case, what is up with the range it is giving to prescribe the workout?
If I am to meet the goal load it’s expecting, and because I can’t just start pedaling at 198W from the beginning, I will either have to extend the workouts or ride at a higher intensity.
Is anybody else experiencing this?