New User - Questions about getting started

I came across athletica.ai last year and it has been on my radar every since. Brief background about me, Got started doing Triathlon in 2022. I hired a coach for 2022 and 2023 season and this year I decided to train using athletica.ai. I have some questions and hoping someone can help out.

  1. What are some tips and tricks for getting started with Athletica? Signup, pay up, Sync with Garmin and thats it?

  2. I have used trainingpeaks for the past 2 years. Do I sync up with Garmin and
    Trainingpeaks both?

  3. I have swim classes 3 times a week (Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday). How do I account for this Athletica. Athletica will generate its own swim workouts for me to do but all the swimming I do currently is in the classes. What is the best way to handle it?

  4. What training Volume/Plan should I go for? My average weekly hours last year were between 7-9 hours. I see in the forum there is low/mid and high plan in athletica.

  5. Will athletica pick up my zones from my garmin profile? or Do i need to set them up manually?

  6. I do a mix of races a year. Running (5,10 and 21K) Triathlong (Sprint, Olympic and Half) Do I just add the dates for all of them in Athletica? At this time I do not know the dates for any of the races since the schedule is not published but most races start from September and run through February. Shall I just start the plan and add the dates when they become known?

  7. Day Off and Training Days. I like to have consistency in my schedule since my work timings can vary. Example Bike on Sunday and Tuesday, Run on Monday and Wednesday etc. How can I adapt Athletica to follow this or based on the Science I should stick to what athletica schedules for me? How can I account for Friday to be a day off?

  8. Week: Can I program Athletica to have my week from Saturday to Thursday?

  9. Multiple A Races? This year I am planning to race T100 and Ironman Bahrain. Can I have both of them set as A Race? What defines what category A, B or C to give to a race?

I am sure I will have plenty of more questions. Any and all feedback is appreciated.

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HI Farrukh, welcome to Athletica. I’m also a user as well as a coach of athletes using Athletica. I’ll do the best I can to help answer your questions.

  1. Yes, that’s pretty much it! The biggest part of getting started is getting used to a different platform, especially TP. You’ll see some similarities, but there are a lot of differences.
  2. No need for TP any longer. Athletica is all you need.
  3. You can move all the workouts around as needed. Plus you can add additional swim sessions if your schedule doesn’t have enough. Just do your classes, and your device will pick up the session and upload to Athletica.
  4. Sounds like a mid-volume plan would work for you.
  5. Athletica uses the data from Garmin and plugs it into the system. Athletica’s workouts give you power and heart rate ranges. So you don’t have to worry about creating zones.
  6. You can add the dates you do know as they come up. I would find your most important A event, estimate the date, and enter that as your A race.
  7. In the Settings/ About You, you can set your weekly training plan so that Fridays are days off. You can also schedule different workouts on different days. That said, Athletica will get you in a pattern fairly quickly and, hopefully, that will work for your schedule.
  8. Are you looking for the view? As of now, this is the only view I know of.
  9. Right now, you can only have one A race. This is the race you’ll taper for, and be fully prepared. B races are important and there is a minor taper that week. C races are races you’ll go to, but are essentially training days. What I do with my athletes is set their A race, and if they have another, I’ll add it after the first A race is completed.

I hope that helps. Let me know if you have other questions. Also, take a look through the Forum for lots of other questions. And be sure to listen in to our podcast, the Athlete’s Compass!

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