Maximising the efficiency of your Today’s Plan experience
7 February 2019
The Today’s Plan platform allows the customisation and analysis of a huge amount of your training data, whether you want to get a general overview or delve into the details of your workouts. This article contains a variety of small tips and tricks so that you can get the best analysis experience, depending on your requirements.
Our development team has measured that the platform performs optimally when used on Google Chrome. We recommend you consider using Chrome as your browser when using Today’s Plan, otherwise Safari and Firefox also work efficiently.
Enable Manual Refresh
The enable manual refresh option will greatly speed up the use of your calendar, especially when adding, editing or deleting workouts. This means that when you edit a workout we won’t reload all the subsequent weeks or recalculate load for future weeks. This option can be enabled from the Calendar options menu in the top right hand corner of the Calendar. When “Enable manual refresh” is selected, you will need to refresh your calendar after you have finished making your calendar edits. A yellow exclamation will appear next to the refresh icon in the top bar to remind you to refresh your calendar.
Reducing Calendar Preferences
Be selective with which calendar preferences you have selected. Think about the types of data and information that you use regularly on the calendar. If you don’t use the information, consider hiding it using calendar preference options in the right hand side (shown below).
Hiding the Seasonal Planner Chart (SPC)
The Seasonal Planner Chart is a great tool for long term planning and ensuring you are on track towards your goals, but it too can be hidden to not only increase your screen space, but also reduce the amount of data that needs to be processed while viewing the calendar. So if you don’t use the SPC when doing short term planning you can consider hiding the SPC for a quick gain in performance and space.
Turning off system workouts
If you do not use the Today’s Plan system workouts that are part of the Today’s Plan and Train like Trek-Segafredo folders you can use the option shown below to disable them. This means each time you open the calendar with the workout library tab open the platform will not load the extensive list of system workouts, resulting in a significant decrease in loading time.
The activity graph is where you may spend a lot of time analysing your activities. When we introduced the “Single Page Activity” view in early 2018, we gave users the ability to customise the data they view when looking at the activity graph. Consider the options detailed below to streamline and speed up your analysis.
Activity Graph Data Channels
The data points that you view on the ride graph (e.g. power, speed, temperature, altitude) can be customised using the “Channels” option. If you reduce the number of channels you have selected you reduce the processing required when you make a new selection on the graph. Consider the channels that are most important to you when analysing an activity, and remove the ones you don’t regularly view.
Activity Graph “Selection” Summary
Toggling on the selection summary allows you to easily view the data for any selections you make on the activity graph. The “Selection summary” can act as a shortcut for viewing intervals or selected data in the activity graph when viewing those directly, and this allows you to enlarge your activity graph instead of relying on the intervals table below to gain more screen space.
Consider the panels you have selected under the activity graph. A lot of these panels update their data each time you make a selection on the ride graph which requires further processing. You may wish to have different “profiles” depending on your browsing speed. For example, you may wish to create profiles similar to these to analyse your data:
- Blank profile – No panels for maximum speed in the activity graph.
- Quick analysis – 1 or 2 panels which you use most (e.g. altitude graph, map, power curve, etc).
- Detailed analysis – This can have all the panels you wish to perform the most detailed analysis of an activity. The will require the most processing when making selections on the activity graph.