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June Updates: A Little Something for Everyone

Our June updates bring a little something for everyone this month.  As always, we really love hearing from our customers, and many of the new updates are a direct result of customer requests, so please continue to let us know what you'd like to see us build.  Read on for a summary of our new updates:

Saved Workout Searches

You've always been able to search and compare similar workouts over a period of time - for example, searching all workouts containing the words "Threshold Test" in the title. Now, you'll be able to save your searches to quickly compare similar workouts at any time. You can also configure and save the fields you'd like displayed for each saved search. Search workouts by keyword, sport type, distance, or duration.

Here are a few ways you could potentially use the new Workout Search function:

  • Pull up all workouts with "Threshold Test" in title, quickly comparing how your average watts have increased during your power threshold tests for the past year
  • View all your rides up your local climb (e.g., search "Flagstaff" within workout titles) and see how your time has improved over the past 6 months
  • See all your 10K runs (search Runs between 6-7 mi) and see how your pace, cadence, and HR have changed over time

See the screenshot below for the configurable display columns for each search. Note that in the upper left hand corner, you can also copy searches over to start a similar search.

Peak Pace by Distance Chart (on the Dashboard)

Last month we added "Peaks by Distance" to the file viewer when viewing running workouts and races. Peaks by Distance shows your best "1 mile, 5k, 10k" etc. distance from each workout. Now, there will be a new Peak Pace by Distance chart on the Dashboard, as well as the option to see Peak Pace by Distance on your Fitness History chart.

This is something runners will find very handy and useful for comparing pace improvements during training and racing. Just visit the Dashboard and add the "Peak Pace by Distance" chart to see your bests.

New Client Signup Forms for Coaches

We've been working to improve the setup experience when coaches add a new client to the system. It's now simpler to set up a client, and we've brought the details like thresholds and zones right to the setup process. No need to create a client and then go find their zones pages, you can do it all directly when creating a new client.

Note that we've now provided invite text to copy and paste into an email to send to your client. The email includes a custom URL that will take your client to a landing page and attach them to your coach ID on TrainingPeaks. The landing page will walk them through the various scenarios (whether they have an existing account, whether they'd like to attach that to your coach account, or whether they'd like to create a new account, etc). 

Facelift to the Structured Workout Interface

Our structured workouts are very useful and powerful, but using them has been a chore. This month we've given the features a face-lift to improve the usability of the system. Previews, smarter button placements and auto-expand/collapse links that just make it easier to deal with day to day. If you are not sure what structured workouts are, they are basically a fancier way to describe workouts besides just using plain text descriptions. Particularly useful for sets and intervals. The screenshot below is the new preview window when viewing a workout in your library.

HTML5 Activity Viewer Updates

We've added the ability to zoom into your data and we've also provided full data for laps, as well as allowed you to see multiple "peak" data choices. We've also made the new viewer the default public activity viewer and have disabled the old Flash based viewer.

Other Nice Improvements

  • Mobile site now contains a link to the HTML5 Activity Viewer
  • Dashboard remembers last date range used between logins
  • Dashboard now has "Custom date through today" as date-picker option
  • Activity Viewer from within the app remembers your view layout between logins
  • Peaks chart curves now properly "touch" the y-axis 

Peak Pace by Distance is a Premium only chart. To give Premium a try for 24 hours, use the code free612 until July 1. Upgrade now. (Existing users, login first to apply to your account).

Reader Comments (4)

The new Activity Viewer removes the option to show a point, or selection on the chart, and have the corresponding point highlighted on the map. That was a very useful feature and I'm disappointed to have lost it. Also the speed seems to be incorrect when viewed in the Activity Viewer.

June 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhadeone

@hadeone: you can still see the segment highlighted in the Map on the updated Activity Viewer. I'm not sure about the speed issue but if you shoot us the file and a ticket we can check it out for you:

June 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertrainingpeaks

Looks Great; How do I get access to the HTML5 stuff? I am already a Premium member, using Google Chrome

October 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJR

JR: The only portion of our app that is currently in HTML5 is our Public Activity Viewer.

To create a Public Activity Viewer of your own workout: Within quick view, check "Public" in the lower left hand corner then, select the URL icon. Copy & paste this URL into your browser or email it to yourself. Then you can access your viewer on an iPhone or other non Flash enabled device. Eventually we'll get the whole platform onto HTML5 so that the app will work on iPhone/iPad.

October 2, 2012 | Registered Commentertrainingpeaks

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