Building your first plan in Bereda is easy and just has a few simple steps.
Step 1: Create New Plan
To get started building your first plan, just click the “Create New Plan” button in the top right corner of the app.
Then give your plan a name,
and when you click save you’ll have arrived at…
The Overview Tab
This is where you enter your event schedule, starting values, and training preferences. This is all information that Bereda uses when it executes a new plan build, which we’ll do shortly…
quick tip: if you’re on a small screen, you can adjust your browser zoom to get a better Bereda experience. We recommend stopping when you can see all the overview items without scrolling.
Step 2: Input your Starting Fitness (CTL)
To make a plan specific to an athlete, it has to be tailored to their specific Fitness (CTL) value. Bereda inputs a default value of 30, but you’ll want to go get the correct value in whatever app the athlete uses to track their training.
Weeks start on Monday in Bereda, and so you’ll want to get the starting Fitness (CTL) value from the Sunday just before the plan starts.
Don’t know the starting Fitness (CTL) value? Check this post out for tips on how to get a good estimate for your Fitness (CTL): Estimating Fitness (CTL) Values.
We’ll input 50 as the starting Fitness (CTL) for the rest of this example plan build.
Step 3: Add an ‘A’ race to the plan as a target event
Okay, now it’s time for the fun stuff. What are you training for this year? We’ll start by adding just a single target event to see how Bereda builds and then we can get fancier from there.
Don’t have a target event? That’s fine, it can be tough to decide sometimes. There’s likely a time of year you’d like to be at your peak, and if that’s multiple weeks July so you can smash some group rides you and make a multi-week ‘A’ race event to make it happen.
Get started by going to the Events section of the Overview tab and click “New Event”.
Then it’s time to fill in the details:
Make sure you select the “Race” event type and then set the priority to ‘A’.
Race Week Fitness (CTL) is the value you want to achieve going into the week of the race. Bereda will build a training load that week that maintains this level through the entire race week, but that’s editable once the plan is built.
If you don’t know what Race Week Fitness (CTL) to choose a good question to ask is: what was the athlete’s peak Fitness (CTL) last season? A good start is to match that value or to increase it by 10 points to target a bigger year of training. Don’t have this value? You can estimate it.
If you aren’t familiar with peak periods, leave this alone for now.
With the event’s details set, just click save to finish!
Step 4: Build the plan!
With the basic inputs give to the Overview Tab, it’s time to go to…
The Training Load Tab
Once you get there, the first thing to do is to make Bereda build a plan based on the inputs to the Overview Tab. To do that, just click “Build Plan” and you’ll get something like this:
And there we have it! You’ve built your first plan in Bereda. Now you can explore, and discover a lot of the manual editing features Bereda has to offer (try moving one of the blue Fitness (CTL) points!) or head back to the Overview tab and add more events and preferences.
Just remember that if you make changes to the Overview Tab, you’ll want to click “rebuild plan” each time to get Bereda to build a plan that includes the changes.
With a very basic plan built, the next steps are to turn it into a truly customized result. Something more like this:
How does it happen?
- Add more events
- Position mesos & Periodization
- Shape fitness
We discuss all the editing functionality you need to take your plan building to the next level in:
One last thing
When you get your plan built, can you let us know how it went? We love to hear how people are using Bereda because it helps us build you a better product. Get in touch with us by clicking the chat icon in the top right corner of the app. If we’re around, as we often are, we’ll probably be able to offer you a helpful tip or two as well. Thanks!