I’ve got a very basic question that I still don’t have the answer to after pouring over material online. Should I be worried about wiping out the deficit every day (or week) to keep improving?
I’m in the post even phase (so presumably xert will recommend workouts to keep building my fitness) and set my improvement rate to slow and the decay to small (it was decaying quite quickly on optimal despite doing a XATA recommended workout daily plus additional outdoor riding when the weather was nice). Currently the daily recommended XSS is high enough that I feel like I have to train every day if I want to wipe out the deficit each day.
Also, I’ve noticed that XATA often recommends workouts that won’t eliminate my deficit. For example, I have a deficit of 68 XSS and it is currently recommending a recovery workout that will generate 27 XSS. Does XATA expect that I will be doing another ride after to wipe out the remaining deficit? Or is it expecting me to carry the deficit forward to the next day (or days) until I’m fresh enough do enough riding to break even again.
I read a reply on a similar thread that said most users carry daily deficit, but there wasn’t enough explanation provided to convince me I understand how to use deficit surplus or the red grey and blue bars on the pacer to manage my training load.
When I was just doing the recommended workouts, plus one or two weekly rest days (when it was recommending a recovery workout), plus additional outdoor riding from time to time, my signature seemed to decay pretty quickly, this in spite of consistently being able to knock it back up and even improve it with breakthrough rides.
Thanks for the help