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Can I set a time goal in the app?
October 19, 2023 12:28 AM
MOTTIV does not use time goals in races to determine your training plans. Instead, we base your current training on your current physiology and physical capabilities.
In a MOTTIV training plan, you'll have performance tests automatically scheduled into your training plan. These performance tests will assess your run paces, heart rate zones, and bike power numbers.
Once you complete these performance tests, you will update your information in the app and your workouts will adjust to your physical capabilities based on those tests.
The training will be designed to push you a little bit beyond your current capabilities causing your body to adapt and improve.
This is the best and only way to make progress.
You have to base your training around building upon your current capabilities, and not base your training around some goal finish time because that goal time has nothing to do with what you're capable of.
The following scenarios will help explain why training should not be based on working backwards from a time goal:
SCENARIO 1: Athlete sets a time goal that's way too fast for the capabilities.
This athlete will be performing training that they're likely not going to be able to complete or adapt to. They'll likely get injured, and even if they complete the training as prescribed their body can only improve so quickly so the extra work won't result in extra results.
It's like walking into a gym for the first time and trying to bench press 300lbs just because you eventually want to bench press 400lbs.
SCENARIO 2: Athlete sets a time goal that's too slow.
If an athlete performs their training based on a time goal that they can actually beat, their training will be too light for them and they won't have much adaptation.
This is like walking into a gym and bench pressing a pencil thinking it will create gains.
SCENARIO 3: Athlete sets a time goal that's just barely out of reach.
This training is probably the worst of all because the athlete will be performing training that feels really good, but it's probably pushing the athlete just a little too far.
Because the training load is just a little too much, but not clearly too much, the athlete may be able to continue with this training for months becoming overtrained, eventually developing injuries and illnesses.
In no scenario does the training result in what we all want, which is to perform to our best while maintaining overall health. The only way to train is by basing your current training on your current abilities, and seeing how quickly you progress in your performance tests.
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