Customizing My Tri Squad Plan and Workouts December 01, 2021 12:55 Updated Follow Not signed in? Log into your Purple Patch account for full access to your education program for coaches and athletes. You need to sign in to view this page. Your Tri Squad workouts can be customized or scaled to fit your availability, your experience, and your current level of fitness. Within this article, we cover topics on: Moving your workouts within your week view Scale the load within a workout Adding Optional workout sessions Adding a Race Build Moving Your Workouts If you need to move a workout to fit your schedule, it is as simple as dragging and dropping it on the date you want it. A guide on how to move workouts around can be found here. Scale Within a Workout Many of the workouts in your baseline plan have scaling options built into the workout. Typically, that means you can extend the workout and do more, or longer, interval sets. Also, trainer-based bike workouts will often include ‘break-points’ where you can opt to stop the workout with the satisfaction that you have logged the meat and potatoes of that session. To learn more about scaling your sessions, refer to this article. Why do I need to scale a workout? There are various reasons to scale a workout. The first is due to time restrictions. At Purple Patch, we always aim to preserve the main purpose of a session (the meat and potatoes or main set), so we scale other workout components. We want you to be able to complete your session and leave enough time to fuel properly post workout and not be rushing frantically from sport to life. You may also want to scale based on unexpected deeper fatigue accumulation. Typically, doing something is better than doing nothing in sport, but there are times when it is apparent your body is simply not cooperating. In these instances, you feel deeper lethargy, likely with lower motivation, and your attempt to spark the system via a good warm-up hasn’t worked. It just "isn’t happening" that day. In this case, it is best to reduce the stress, scale the workout, and give the system some rest. You can then try regular programming another day! Scale Your Week by Adding Optional Workouts You can scale a week in your base plan by adding Optional Workouts from the workout library to your plan. Check out this video to understand how you do that: Add Optional workouts to your plan Of course, you can also reduce load by removing (deleting) workouts, but we encourage you to remove only supporting workouts and retain key workouts. Adding a Race Build if Desired When it's time to start prepping for an upcoming race on your calendar, you will have the option to load a race plan into your calendar, whether you are racing off the baseline with a single-week race build or utilizing one of the weeks-long race builds. Assuming you have added your race date to your calendar, you will be notified when it is time to apply your race plan. For each race type, you can add a lower volume or higher volume plan for Short Course, Half IRONMAN, or IRONMAN distances. Review this article to understand how to do this: Applying a Race Plan to your calendar This is a great video from Matt Dixon explaining how to think globally about scaling your training and maintaining the integrity of each session. Related articles Coach Corner: October 17 - Sean Garick Coach Corner: October 10 - Mike Olzinski Recommended Gear List Coach Corner: October 3 - Scott Layton How do I scale a workout?