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How is TRIQ different from other triathlon apps?

TRIQ stands out from other triathlon apps in far-reaching ways:

1. Groundbreaking Triple Sport Combination: Our app dynamically calculates training and recovery needed for all three triathlon disciplines. Setting it apart even further, TRIQ fully incorporates swim training and its physical effects in a way that no other app has done.

2. Super Individualized Planning: TRIQ takes into account the athlete's daily availability regarding time AND possible sport(s) on that day, as well as many more individual parameters.

3. Multi-Dimensional Recovery Concept: Our app features a distinctive recovery system that measures recovery needed on multiple levels, avoiding a one-size-fits-all approach and providing a nuanced understanding of the body's needs regarding stress placed on joints, muscles and cardiovascular system.

4. Historical Training Data Integration: TRIQ factors in the athlete's training history when scheduling future sessions, ensuring a progressive and tailored approach to their development.

5. Made by Coaches: Unlike other apps that market via endorsements from well-known triathletes, TRIQ has been built and evaluated thoroughly by experienced coaches. Our commitment is to deliver quality, coach-approved training rather than marketing hype.

How does the TRIQ app work?

Simply set up our app by connecting your GARMIN® Connect account, entering your triathlon race goal* and answer a few questions. From there, TRIQ automatically recommends training sessions for all three triathlon sports and strength & conditioning trainings to help prepare you for your race and connects the dots between your training, your recovery, and your daily availability to train.Once planned, the workout recommendations (except strength & conditioning) are pushed to the Garmin® cloud and further to your training device if set up correctly.

After your training sessions are recorded, your data automatically uploads to Garmin® cloud and pushed back to TRIQ. Based on executed and synced workout information TRIQ compares its recommendations with real executed data from the athlete and undergoes an assessment about the upcoming training week and makes adaptions if applicable.If you change planning parameters e.g availability, goal information, etc. plan adaptions will also take place.

* currently TRIQ covers 4 triathlon race distances – Sprint, Olympic, half IM (70.3), IM

How does the engine behind the TRIQ app work?

What sets TRIQ apart from most other apps is its fully automated training planning. Our system generates swim, bike, and run workouts individually from scratch and then integrates them cohesively throughout the week, considering various factors such as availability but above all, the planer looks that we have a balanced fatigue level. If any aspect changes, the system automatically evaluates if a more optimal plan exists and offers it to the athlete, ensuring they always train with the best option available.

What makes TRIQ’s fatigue & recovery concept so revolutionary?

The fatigue & recovery logic employed by TRIQ models nature as close as possible by not differentiating in sport modalities but rather differentiating in the fatigue & strain those sports causing on the human body. Additionally, we distinguish the human body into its relevant physiological components, moving away from viewing it as a singular system.We distinctly recognize the cardiovascular system, the muscle and joint system. It enables us to cater to the diverse physiological regeneration characteristics of each component. For example, the cardiovascular system tends to regenerate faster than the orthopedic joint system in the human body.

This innovative approach allows us in a physiologically accurate manner to combine various sports (all acting on the same body - you only have 1 body). Based on this complex model, TRIQ has the potential to even incorporate complementary activities like rowing or cross-country skiing soon.

Are TRIQ’S training recommendations based on a specific triathlon training philosophy?

TRIQ’S training engine was created in collaboration with sisu-training, owned by Mario Schmidt-Wendling. His philosophy and 20 years of triathlon coaching and scientific insights have shaped numerous aspects of how TRIQ creates training recommendations. Thus, at TRIQ we emphasize realistic goal setting and prioritize enabling continuous training without injury, as this is the main differentiator when it comes to reaching personal endurance sports goals. Instead of pushing age-group triathletes into overreaching or making unrealistic promises, TRIQ guides athletes toward competition success while prioritizing their well-being. To prevent injuries, TRIQ and Mario have built a unique load and recovery model that adjusts to cardiovascular and orthopedic stress, creating a holistic recovery strategy.

Is TRIQ for free?

For a limited time, TRIQ is currently free–even though we believe it already provides a better service than other apps. TRIQ combines smart training recommendations for three sports and intelligent health features in a groundbreaking new way, so we will have to charge for it accordingly, as providing this service is highly complex. We believe TRIQ is truly a new dimension of sports apps. However, it’s part of our philosophy to fully integrate certain additional key-features before turning our service into a paid one. While we do that, first movers can benefit from using TRIQ free of charge. Happy training to all of you who joined us so early.

What equipment is required to train with TRIQ?

Mandatory:

- An iPhone or iPad with iOS 14 or later to display and use the TRIQ APP (we currently do not support Android but will soon)

- A GARMIN® sport devices (e.g smart watches)  and a GARMIN-Connect® account to record and sync training data


Optional (but highly recommended):

- Heart Rate Chest Strap: If available, TRIQ uses heart rate data from your training to better understand how your body meets and reacts to training demands. Where possible, your HRV data is analyzed to optimize your upcoming training and more accurately assess you aerobic and anaerobic thresholds. We recommend the state of the art chest strap H10 from Polar® as it’s very accurate and helps us build a better product for you.

- Power Meter: If available, TRIQ will display cycling workouts in watts and use power output from cycling sessions to accurately analyze the intensity of your bike workout. Without power data, our analyzation is forced to include multiple less accurate assumptions.

When will TRIQ be available for Android?

There is no exact timeline for this at the moment, but of course we plan to make TRIQ available on Android and add other wearables beyond GARMIN® as soon as possible. Our team is still small and the complexity of our app makes it challenging to add these features quickly. We hope you understand and remain patient with us. We are learning a lot from our Apple users currently and will keep you updated regarding news about Android. As soon as all features are active we are optimistic about adding Android quickly. We will keep you updated about this and new wearables via our newsletter.

What is TRIQ’s going forward plan integrating 3rd party players?

At TRIQ, our first plan is to integrate additional sports recording partners such as POLAR® or SUUNTO® to enable training and recording of our recommended workouts. Integration of peripheral training tools (e.g. roller trainers, power meters, chest straps for heart rate monitoring, etc.) will primarily be facilitated through the training recording partners, as the data protocols (e.g. BLT, BLE, ANT, ANT+, WLAN, etc.) to communicate with those products  are ensured by them.

For example, customers with a smart-bike-trainer can directly control the same, using smartwatches from e.g. GARMIN®, POLAR®, etc. TRIQ will primarily focus on syncing recommended workouts with the aforementioned partners (but not limited), allowing customers to set up their training infrastructure as they see fit.

As explained in the “Indoor Activity FAQ”, we must reiterate to all customers that activities not explicitly recorded with one of our certified data recording partners CANNOT be synchronized with us. This means that if an activity is recorded directly with the ZWIFT or WAHOO training platform, it cannot be synced with TRIQ even you can sync it with the certified partner (e.g. GARMIN®). Instead, users must set up their training infrastructure in such a way, that the activity is recorded directly with the certified partner.

How can I make TRIQ adjust the upcoming training schedule based on new info?

The current version (Jan 2024) allows users to reschedule the following week while the current training week stays the same. We are working with urgency on adding more options for users regarding immediacy and look-ahead of training adaptations. TRIQ's goal is a fully dynamic training schedule that  replaces the old training plan concept once-and-for-all and responds automatically to the dynamic behavior of the athlete.

This additional functionality is already being tested, so stay tuned!

How does setting the availability in TRIQ influence the training plan?

This cornerstone of TRIQ allows athletes to specify their weekly availability and set their available training time and possible sports for each day. Our goal is training that matches life situations, rather than simply displaying an optimal plan that isn't tenable. Through a sophisticated optimization system our algorithm aims to enable the maximum training outcome from the provided availability.

TRIQ's algorithm calculates its best training schedule possible based on the provided availability while taking into consideration the athlete's goal and the physical impact of each scheduled workout.

The availability setting can significantly influence the scheduled training. Therefore we advise caution in its use. The feature includes a warning system that alerts athletes if the training goals do not align with the provided availability (e.g., insufficient training volume, insufficient sports-specific slots, etc.).

Do I get a an optimal running or biking plan if I block the other sport modalities in the availability settings?

Currently, this is not possible. In theory, you could task TRIQ with this request, and it would generate a training schedule for you. However, it's important to note that the training philosophy and associated parameters used in the algorithm's calculations are tailored for triathlon training. Consequently, you would receive a run or bike training schedule that adheres to triathlon principles, which does not align with plans optimized for the individual sports.

Additionally, you would be paying for a triathlon plan, yet receiving a plan for a single sport, which might not be very practical. However, ultimately, it's up to you, if you want to request a plan the algorithm was not specifically developed for.

Nonetheless, we plan to fulfill this customer request for Duathlon and Singleton training in the future, as our technology is technically able to do it, once we set it up accordingly. We'll keep you updated on this matter.

Why are activities other than swim, bike and run (recorded with a GARMIN® device) not visible within TRIQ?

While every type of activity recorded with a GARMIN® device is accessible for us, we currently do not display them—yet. We are a small  company, and our resources are limited. However, this feature, is at the top of our to-do list and will be added as soon as possible. Due to our unique recovery concept, we will be able to integrate certain complementary sports to triathlon into our analytics process and incorporate follow-up decisions based on their impact on fatigue. Until then, we ask for your patience.

It has to be said, that TRIQ currently has no intentions of actively scheduling triathlon training that includes complementary sports. However, in the future complementary sports can be taken into account, as mentioned above.

Why are some of my past TRIQ trainings not on my GARMIN® watch anymore?

To ensure we don't overload the memory of GARMIN® watches, we delete all workouts older than two days, making space for new workouts. This approach is in line with the training philosophy of sisu-training, which helped develop TRIQ. If a workout is missed for any reason, there's no need to dwell on it; instead, the focus should be on looking ahead and attempting to complete it next time. Missing a single workout will not significantly hinder performance improvement. However, it's important to avoid turning it into a regular habit, as this could disrupt the training process.

Above all, the key is to find joy in training and to train as consistently as possible. Only then can sustainable performance improvements be achieved in endurance sports.

What do the green the red colors of the sport icons in the outlook section mean?


- Green: A planned training was completed
- Red: A planned training was not completed

Why do I only get a small number of swim workouts?

Swimming has the least favorable effort/return ratio among the three triathlon disciplines because getting to a pool and beginning training uses up a significant portion of your time. Therefore, the TRIQ engine has been programmed to focus on setting meaningful swimming training sessions instead of many small swim workouts. This can result in only one swimming session per week. Only with increasing swim volume more than one weekly swim session will be scheduled.

How will I get instructed by TRIQ when performing a swim workout?

When planning to execute a TRIQ based swim workout, you can expect to receive a fully automated swim guide visible on both your smartphone and smartwatch. Soon, we will also provide the option to print the swim guide so you can take it with you to the pool. Following the swim guide on the GARMIN® Smart Watch is currently suboptimal but feasible, which is why we find it necessary to offer the functionality via printout.

The swim sessions have been designed for a 50m pool size, but this should not pose any challenge for swimmers in a 25m pool, as 50m is a multiple of 25m.

Swim workout instructions are offered either in pace or as a descriptive instruction (slow / fast / very fast / full speed). We have omitted including heart rate data as we believe it’s mostly too inaccurate in the water. Instead, we measure swim intensity based on the recorded swim times.

It is crucial to set the correct pool size within the TRIQ app and then syncing with GARMIN® to avoid incorrect conclusions regarding swim intensity and distance, as the pool size has to be pre-set by TRIQ in the workout exported to GARMIN®.

Why do I need to change the pool length in the TRIQ app instead of the GARMIN® watch?

We apologize for the inconvenience and any potential disruption this may cause. Unfortunately, our hands are tied in this matter.

When sending a structured workout to GARMIN®, including swim workouts, all information is pre-set by the external company, in this case, TRIQ. This includes the pool size, meaning your general pool size setting in GARMIN® Connect is overruled for the workout.

In the specific case of swim workouts, athletes must accurately define the pool size before syncing to GARMIN® in the TRIQ app. If an incorrect pool size has been synced (which may occur when switching pools), there's no need to worry. You can adjust the pool size yourself in the workout details within the TRIQ APP and then initiate the synchronization via GARMIN® Connect again.

What is better: Swimming by pace intstructions or by descriptive instructions?

In principle, everyone is free to choose the training unit they set. However, TRIQ and the coaching team at sisu-training recommend the descriptive pace option (slow / medium / fast / full speed). The rationale behind this is that, over time, one develops a strong sense of swimming speed, enabling better control of pacing, without checking your watch in between. Additionally, depending on the nature of the training program, you may enter the swim session already fatigued, and you might not achieve the swim times you typically do, even though the effort feels equally challenging. In such cases, it's crucial to rely on your perception and adjust the intensity accordingly, without being discouraged by swimming a few seconds slower. The most important aspect is to maintain proper swimming technique and not adopt an incorrect style due to fatigue.

Why does my weekly training volume and my long session duration not increase every week?

At TRIQ, we prioritize an effective progression of your training plan without pushing you into physical overreaching. If you find that your training hasn't increased for several weeks, consider the following:

1. Make sure that all your completed workouts are accurately recorded in TRIQ.

2. Consistently achieving at least 90% of the target for each workout is crucial for the proper ramping of your training plan.

3. The progression of your plan depends on the completion of scheduled workouts. Skipping or reducing sessions may hinder your ramping process.

4. If your sport split is unbalanced, with one discipline significantly outweighing others, the overemphasized discipline is not ramped up, as we try to achieve a balanced sport split first.

5. If your race is far in the future, increasing the volume of long sessions might not be beneficial at the moment. Long sessions are strategically incorporated based on your proximity to your goal.

Why do I get an unbalanced sport split?

Our training plans are designed to align with your specified race goals and are based on scientific principles. If you initially indicate a strong background in cycling but limited experience in running and swimming, the TRIQ app may initially suggest a bike-heavy focus. However, we don't decrease the emphasis on any sport. Instead, we work to progressively balance the training by gradually increasing the  the other sports. This approach ensures a thoughtful and scientifically sound sport split based on your individual strengths and goals, without neglecting any discipline.

Why are completed workouts recorded with my GARMIN® device (smartwatch or bike computer, etc.) not synced?

If automatic uploading on the fitness device is enabled, the device activates the Wi-Fi search as soon as new data needs to be uploaded. If the device doesn't find a Wi-Fi signal, it will activate the Wi-Fi search every five minutes for up to an hour to look for a valid signal. The check is performed very quickly to minimize the impact on battery life. If a valid signal is not found within that hour, the new data will not be automatically uploaded, and manual synchronization must be performed to upload the new data. If you disable automatic uploading, Wi-Fi will only be used when a manual Wi-Fi synchronization is initiated.

We recommend you to enable push-notifications for GARMIN-Connect® APP on your iPhone so that you get informed about the successful upload of your workout on the GARMIN® server. This ensures that TRIQ will receive the workout data seamlessly.

Why shall I report muscle fatigue and what is it about?

Providing feedback on muscle fatigue serves a crucial purpose in tailoring the overall regeneration model for each athlete. While the physiological principles of the human body remain consistent, every individual is unique, and as such, their bodies respond uniquely. The sensation of muscle fatigue offers valuable insights into an athlete's specific recovery needs. Some individuals recover faster, while others may have a slower regeneration pace compared to our generic model, which serves as a starting point for every athlete. By acknowledging and incorporating individual variations in muscle fatigue, we can fine-tune and personalize the regeneration model, ensuring a more accurate and effective approach to each athlete's recovery journey.

What zone system does TRIQ follow and why is it based on two reference points?

At TRIQ, we're proud to unveil a revolutionary training zone concept that leverages not just the well-known upper threshold (anaerobic threshold or 2n ventilatory threshold (VT2)) but also shines a spotlight on the often overlooked and even more relevant lower threshold (aerobic threshold or 1st ventilatory threshold (VT1)). Our innovative approach recognizes the importance of both thresholds in optimizing athletic performance.

While the upper threshold signifies the point where your body shifts into anaerobic metabolism, the lower threshold plays a crucial role in establishing the aerobic foundation which is the epicentrum of endurance training. The true fitness optimization lies in a holistic approach. Our dual-threshold training zone concept empowers individuals to unlock their full potential by strategically navigating the spectrum of intensity. It's not just about pushing boundaries; it's about doing so intelligently and sustainably. Welcome to a new era of training, where every threshold matters.

If multiple workouts are planned on a day, why is the recommended sequence not following the normal triathlon order? Is this of relevance?

This characteristic is based on the training philosophy of sisu-training. As long as the competition is still far away (+4 months), we recommend the reverse order of running, cycling, swimming due to the anticipated load. We aim to send the athlete into the physically demanding sport as fresh as possible to minimize the risk of injury. As the competition date approaches, the sequence is adjusted to the typical triathlon order, allowing the athlete to physiologically adapt to the respective transitions.

Thus, we can confirm that the sport sequence as outlined in the plan is relevant for the athlete from our perspective, with the clear goal of protecting them.

Why do I not get interval workouts?

At TRIQ, we incorporate interval sessions into your training plan only once a sufficient weekly training volume is reached (at least two hours of running and three hours of cycling per week). While interval training is perceived as fun, we have found interval training to be counterproductive in regards to injury risk etc. below this level of training. We believe in prioritizing basic endurance sessions as they play a crucial role in building the foundational stamina required for endurance sports. Interval sessions are strategically introduced as an additional component to complement and enhance your endurance training, emphasizing a balanced approach to optimize your overall performance if you are performing a sufficient amount of training per week.

Why is “Total Recorded Duration” the relevant metric synced with TRIQ and not “Moving Time”?

GARMIN® records three different types of training time:

- Total Time
- Moving Time
- Elapsed Time

For TRIQ, the relevant measure is "Total Time", which represents the total duration of data being recorded. If an athlete follows our training program perfectly, this time would precisely match the time we schedule, including planned breaks. If an athletes takes unplanned breaks, they’d have to stop recording by pressing the stop button and hit "resume" once they're back on track and training.‌

GARMIN® doesn't automatically share "Moving Time" with third-party providers because it involves a specific logic that GARMIN® doesn't disclose. This isn’t a problem, since our goal is for our athletes to complete each training as suggested anyways. We prefer to not create additional options to make deviating from the program easier through automated pause detection. Automated pause detection can also be prone to errors when the data used for detection, such as speed or GPS data, isn't clear. To avoid these errors, we kindly ask our users to actively pause the recording if they need to take an unplanned break.

Why are Strength & Condition (S+C) workouts not synced with GARMIN®?

Our Strength & Conditioning recommendations include detailed textual and video materials that cannot be transferred to your GARMIN® device due to technical limitations. However, the primary objective remains executing these workouts to enhance your body's stability and strength, thereby boosting your endurance performance. It's important to note that the focus is not on measuring physiological performance during these sessions. Consequently, we've determined that the most effective approach is to confine these exercises solely within the TRIQ environment, without any exchange of information with GARMIN® devices, as it is not needed.

Why are workouts recorded with ZWIFT or any other 3rd party platform NOT SYNCED with TRIQ but synced with GARMIN®?

For all smart trainer owners, it is  essential anyways to track via watch even during indoor cycling sessions, as the GARMIN® smart watch controls the smart trainer. This ensures that the suggested workout can be accurately executed.

HOW and WHY should you activate HRV logging on your Garmin® device?

So that we can make full use of your data and to being  able to provide YOU full service with upcoming features related to HRV (Heart Rate Variability) we recommend and ask you to enable HRV-logging on your Garmin® device. Even though Garmin® introduced the HRV logging functionality on their watches many months ago, they do not automatically enable it. Users must activate this mode by themselves!

TRIQ is currently in the process of developing a method to determine your performance thresholds only based on your training data and cardiovascular parameters. By logging HRV data, exhausting performance tests might belong in the past and continuous performance development  would be possible. To make our service fundamentally sound, we need as much data as possible from our users to run several pre-tests before releasing the feature.

So please go ahead and enable HRV logging on your watch as described below and make you one of the first users that can make use of it once the service is released.

How to enable HRV logging on your Garmin® device:

1. Open the setting menu on your device.
2. Go to physiological metrics in the menu.
3. Go to the Log HRV functionality and enable it.

(If this guide is not applicable for your device please look up the required steps in your device user manual.)

From now on, your HRV data will be logged during activities.

IMPORTANT:
Be aware that HRV data only can be measured if you are wearing a chest strap instead using the optical sensor on your watch. The optical sensor integrated in your Garmin® watch is prone to too much movement during training and therefore inadequate for HRV measuring during activities.

On top - if your chest strap has Bluetooth capabilities then please use this recording protocol as the data exchange is much more stable due to a larger bandwidth. Being connected with ANT+ protocol, is prone to much more artefacts and this will lead to more inaccurate results.