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Thursday
Apr052012

New Features in April: QuickView Redesign, Planning PMC

I'm excited to announce a few new features that we have been working on for quite a while.

The biggest of these is a redesign of the QuickView.  It's a big deal for you, and for us.  Our QuickView is the most used function in the entire app.  It is opened more than 3 million times every month, and is the primary input and editing tool for recording and viewing your workouts.  Because of its importance, we really wanted to get it right, and I think you're going to love the changes.  

QuickView Redesign - more planning, customization and cleaner design

Along with cleaning up the user interface by making it more readable, removing extraneous borders and "chrome", we also tackled some great new features: 

  • Each sport has new default stats - no more "elevation gain" for swims (unless you really want that).
  • Fully customizable stats by sport. You get to pick what you want to see for every workout type (read on for how to customize).
  • We introduced 7 new stats that can be planned, including planned TSS, pace, elevation gain, and calories. Before, you could only plan distance and duration.
  • The QuickView can now show planned and completed results side-by-side.
  • Eliminated the "Stats" tab and allowed users to choose which stats they would like to see. Essentially, your QuickView will now serve the functionality of the previous "Stats" tab.
  • Reduced clicks and time to add a workout/meal/metric.
  • Made workouts/meals/metrics have a consistent look and feel.
  • Reorganized the layout of the QuickView to make reading workouts easier, especially for structured workouts.

You can see the old and new QuickView in the screenshot below.  Note the addition of the "Planned" column for items including TSS, IF, and pace; as well as how we've brought file uploading and the Map & Graph buttons up to the top of the QuickView, as we recognize that these are key steps in the typical workflow. You can also see that min/average/max fields have been migrated onto the QuickView rather than showing separately on a "Stats" tab.

The initial "add" screen has also been revamped, in fact, we replaced three lines of "add" text on the Calendar with a simple "+" button.  Now adding a workout is never more than two clicks. You can even upload a device file right here on the initial step of adding a workout, saving several steps in the process.

To customize the QuickView, you can go to Account Settings -> Quick View, or scroll down on the QuickView and click the blue link that says "add/remove stats".  In settings, you select the stats you want to track on your workout.

Note that there are two groups of stats below. The first set of data reflects stats for which a single value can be planned (e.g., avg. speed, elevation gain, energy expended, etc) and then observed. The second set of data below reflects stats for which a min/average/max will be calculated from your workout data. Note that you cannot plan the stats in the second set by their nature - for example, you cannot plan min/average/max heart rate for a workout.

As always, we look to balance form and function, steak and sizzle, and this new and improved QuickView is more functional and cleaner than ever before.

Planning PMC

One of our marquee features is the Performance Management Chart.  It's that single place that allows you to track and visualize your fitness, fatigue and form.  Until now, it's only been useful looking at your recorded results.  I'm incredibly excited to announce that it now has future planning functionality.  Using the "planned TSS" stat that we just introduced when adding a workout to your Calendar, the PMC will model your fitness into the future so you can see exactly how your CTL, ATL and TSB (fitness, fatigue and form, respectively) will look come race day.  

(Not sure what TSS means? Learn about TSS and the Performance Management Chart here.)

There is no new chart. Simply adding workouts with a planned TSS, and adjusting the PMC date range (there are new choices that have future dates) allows you to model your training into the future.

You can see below that the graph lines turn to dotted lines for all future dates so that you can plan to peak at just the right time for your 'A' race.

With the powerful Calendar editing features that are built-in to TrainingPeaks for future workout planning, you can easily plan workouts with a planned TSS, copy and paste weeks at a time, and model you or your clients' fitness perfectly, right up to race day.  You can also easily see planned vs. completed TSS on the Calendar by turning on those workout details in Settings as shown below.

Fitness History

This chart has become very popular, and we've added two highly requested features:

1) It now respects the "ending" date range of the date selector on the Dashboard, so you can use the chart and go back in time for reviewing your training in years gone by. Whatever the end-date is of the date selection you choose, it will go from that date backwards. 

2) We also added the ability to have it accumulate data for multiple sports, so you get a global perspective across all sports. You can add a Fitness History chart for each sport you want to examine, plus have one for all sports.  It's a very convenient way to look at your training and your peak numbers (called "CP values" in WKO+). Tracking your fitness with this chart gives you the data to know if your training is paying off and your fitness is improving...and by how much.

Finally, you'll see we also revamped our store experience, and we can now take PayPal for all our recurring Athlete subscriptions. These are just the highlights though - for a complete wrap up of our new features, click on over to our what's new page. 

One more thing...

We've got one more big feature to announce, but we're going to let our Ambassador Team take a crack at breaking it before we open it up to the public.  It is truly a first of its kind feature for the web, and we'll announce it on Twitter and Facebook when it goes live, so stay tuned - your data is going to love this.

We want to hear from you - what do you think of the new features?

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Reader Comments (15)

As always.....amazing.

April 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Smernicki

I like the new options. Custom dashboards (PMC specifically) for each client would be nice.

April 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKent

Like all the updates - love the PMC. I just wish I could lock the layout of the dasboard. Let the charts scale when the window resizes instead of "float left" effect.

April 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

These are great updates. Thank you! However, I'm perplexed as to why the Efficiency Factor and Decoupling metrics added back in December were not exposed in this Quick View redesign, in List and Calendar view or on a new Dashboard so we can track EF over time?? I find myself tracking these values offline in Excel so I can compare workouts. This is far from a Premium experience. Please let us know if/when these are planned.

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

Nice work! I love TP - just one pet peeve
One thing - when I open the PMC I always have to move the date ahead to today. Could this not be automatic, It doesn't make sense to open it and see data up to a week ago.

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRon

Hey @Ron, just change the date range dropdown on the PMC (click the Options button on PMC to access) and select "last 90 and next 21 days" and you'll not have to change it any more.

April 6, 2012 | Registered Commentertrainingpeaks

@Henry.. great suggestion, please submit it to our User Voice improvements site:

http://www.facebook.com/TrainingPeaks/app_46468144668

April 6, 2012 | Registered Commentertrainingpeaks

I am new member. I train with heart monitor, but not power meter on bike. What summary and graphic info will best help me with my training. I currently use program as diary, but don't understand how to do much more.

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Love the predicted numbers on the PMC. Already is a great tool for getting ready for my next race!

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterT Bick

So for those of us that also use WKO+...is it becoming obsolete? Are more and more features being pushed down to the training peaks website? It would be nice to have some of the features of Training peaks in Wko such as a gps mapping function etc...
Will let you know later if the new bells and whistles make a difference to my coaching!

Thanks for the improvements!

April 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBob

Hey Bob. At the moment it is true that we're focused on bringing WKO+ to the Web as opposed to new development on the desktop product. However, feedback like yours is always taken into account and we appreciate when our users do take the time to let us know what they think. Thanks.

April 11, 2012 | Registered Commentertrainingpeaks

I'd really like to see an option for choosing to see my energy expenditure, etc, in Kilojoules instead of Calories. Otherwise, great sets of info.

April 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRob

I agree with Bob, I use wko+ and would like to see the same updates there as well.
Great work.
j

April 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjfarbs

Rob: Happy to say that you can already do that! Go to Add/View stats link under your stats in the QuickView. Drag "Energy" into the right hand column from "Available" to "in use". That will display your energy exp. in kJ.

April 12, 2012 | Registered Commentertrainingpeaks

I also use wko+, like it, and don't plan on switching to a web-based subscription product. I'll buy new versions of WKO+ if they have useful updates. If development of wko+ stalls I might be forced to switch to other (open-source) desktop products as they improve.

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHOD

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