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STRAVA Why buy the cow when you can have the milk for free "The #1 app for runners and cyclists"TrainingPeaks: Be Prepared for Race DayZwift:Serious Training Made FunTrainerroad "Best Value in Cycling Training"
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Price Monthly$7.99$19.99$14.99$19.95
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Price Annually$60.00$99.20$179.88$189.00
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Training plans12 training plans offered for Summit Members. It does not look like these have been updated for several years. I do not think that they support ERG mode on smart trainersCore Competency of the platform. Free default workout library by Joe Friel. You can purchase plans for $4.95 up to about $750. There are plenty of filters to pick a plan right for you based on criteria such as your cycling specialty, amount of weekly training time, and how many weeks you want your plan to be and your budget. Cycling coaches and other organizations can upload their plans and sell them. There is also a tool for creating your own workouts and you can write and upload your own plan. The calendar feature is very intuitive and easily allows you to move and copy workouts. There is also an Annual Training Plan feature that can walk you through setting up your entire race seasonLots of potential! But rollout of training features has been sluggish. There are currently 1625 cycling workouts in the library and 9 cycling specific workout plans. Flexible training plans have been introduced that give some leeway in when you complete workouts. The ability to reschedule workouts is not as flexible as Training Peaks and Trainerroad. There is a lot of room to grow here but I am going to say that for workout plans, Zwift is behind Training Peaks and Trainerroad. However, Zwift has a workout builder to create your own workouts and you can upload workout plans as long as they are in a ZWO format. It also plays nicely with Training Peaks and will populate your workout of the day from your Training Peaks calendar into Zwift.Core Competency. All training plans are included with your subscription. You have thousands of individual workouts to choose from and choosing a training plan is every intuitive and explained well by the creators. TR walks you through from Base to Build to Speciality and each plan has Low, Medium or High volume options to fit your time constraints. Since all of the plans are created in-house, they are very coherent. There is also a workout creator tool but it's separate and needs to be downloaded

Their calendar feature is very similar to Training Peaks. It's intuitive and makes it very easy to reschedule and copy workouts.
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Fitness trackingTracks mileage and hours. Shows a handy 4 week summary and makes it easy to compare yourself one on one or with another user or you can look at group leaderboards. There is a Training Calendar view, training log view and a "my activities" view. It also matches your rides with other participants. Premium members can use their Fitness and Freshness tracker to see their CTL. (Chronic Training Load). It does not display Training Stress Score.Core Competency. Of these 4 services, Training Peaks has the most robust suite of Fitness Tracking features. It displays daily and weekly Training Stress Score as well as Chronic Training Score in the calendar's weekly summary. On your dashboard, you can add dozens of charts to really drill down on specifics. It will also track your peaks for power and heart rate for various time domains.Very basic. Tracks your weekly mileage, hours and equivalent slices of pizza burnedTracks daily and weekly TSS. I don't believe it gives a CTL score. It also tracks peak power and you can compare power output by self selected seasons.
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Social featuresStrava is a lot like the Instagram of cycling with some features for groups. Supports photosNot a social media platform but does have a podcast and publishes articlesSupports member to member texting and has a forumYou can set up a team page to help organize group workouts. Robust and active forums and very popular podcast
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Training interfaceDoes not support a training interface. Only tracks rides you have done IRL or virtualDoes not support a training interface. Only tracks rides you have done IRL or virtualCore Competency. Zwift is a training interface best used with a smart trainer or smart bike with dynamic feedback and Ergonomic (ERG) mode. It is a gamified experience that supports group rides and races and the preeminent cycling E-Sports platform. You can choose from their virtual cycling fantasy world "Watopia" or a variety of virtual courses such as Richmond, VA, London, and a NYC 100 years in the future. There is a huge number of kits and bikes to choose from and in-game rewards for various achievements. Core Competency. Trainerroad is a training interface best used with a smart trainer or smart bike with dynamic feedback and Ergonomic (ERG) mode. They use a very simple interface with blue blocks that easily runs on a smart phone or computer. Many like to run this while listening to techno or watching Tour De France replays on YouTube
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CompatibilitySyncs directly with Zwift and Trainerroad but not TrainingPeaksSyncs directly with Trainerroad and Zwift but not StravaSyncs with Strava and TrainingPeaks but not Trainerroad. However, since it Syncs with Strava and Strava syncs with Trainerroad, your Zwift activities with sync automatically with TrainerroadSyncs with Strava and TrainingPeaks but not Trainerroad. Workout files are in a propriety format and cannot upload to be completed on the Zwift platform
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What's hotStrava is all about the segments and KOMsAnnual Training PlanIt's a game and very engagingThis is training simplfied. If all you care about is getting a good plan at good price and are self-motivated to stick with it without gamified gimmicrky, it really is the best value.
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What's notStrava has focused more on social media than creation of training tools for cyclists and in recent years has become stagnant with few new features and recently actually rolled back several features that were popular such as support for power meters, heart rate monitors and cadence sensors. They also cut off integration with the popular app "Relive"I was hoping for one stop shopping to replace Traineroad's plans and Strava Summit's fitness tracking/CTL score but unfortunately plans are sold separatelyZwift has a long way to go until it is plug and play. People love the appeal of Peloton. You buy the bike, plug it in and it all just works. Getting set up with Zwift and syching your devices and computer to it can be pricey and frustrating. Also, with their focus mainly on in-game features such as new routes and E-sports, they have not dedicated more resources to improve training plansThe biggest complaint is that Trainerroad is boring. Suffering extreme discomfort while watching blue blocks on a screen takes a certain type of highly dedicated athlete and isn't engaging enough for many to stick with it.
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