In the JOIN app, you’ll find a dashboard with a training pace indicator or checkmark that helps you determine whether you’re training too little or too much. Even if you’re following the JOIN plan closely, the checkmark may still show that your fitness is declining if you have too little time available for training. On the other hand, JOIN will never give you too many workouts, even if you have a lot of time available. It can happen that the indicator turns yellow; indicating you’re doing a little too much after a long hard workout. JOIN will give you a rest day and will turn green again one day later. As a general rule, the JOIN training plan is designed to avoid overloading you, but you can choose to ignore this advice and receive a notification.
To ensure that you’re maintaining the right balance, try to keep the checkmark green as much as possible. With our guidance, this shouldn’t be too difficult. The more you train, the more training load you can handle. So you will notice that the better you’ll get the more and harder workouts you’ll receive in order to keep the checkmark green. These are the 6 possible checkmarks.
Your fitness is declining
You're not doing enough to maintain your current fitness level. Try to do a little bit more to prevent your fitness level from declining too much.
Try to do a bit more
Your fitness level is currently stable but not progressing. You need to do a bit more if you want to keep improving. Try to increase your availability or check the following possible issues:
- Try to distribute your availability more evenly across the week without too many rest days in a row.
- A higher level comes with higher expectations from our side. If you want to do fewer hours or improve a little slower, just set your activity profile a category lower.
Your fitness is improving
You are doing perfectly fine! Try to maintain this training regime and you will keep progressing.
You are doing a bit too much
You have been doing a little bit too much lately. We will take this into account and plan some easier workouts and rest days to allow you to recover properly. A good recovery is a crucial part of getting better. If you are doing too much for too long you can get overtrained and instead of improving, you actually achieve the opposite.
Your fitness level is steady
Your fitness is currently steady, i.e. not improving, but also not declining. With the current amount of hours and intensity your fitness level will keep steady. It's up to you to decide whether that's what you want or not. If you wish to improve your fitness level further, you will have to set more availability to your schedule, this way you can have longer endurance rides.
You are overtraining
You have been doing way too much. Take a break to recover properly and avoid getting overtrained. If you get this alert frequently, please check if you have not set your level too low in the athletic profile.