Having recently completed my 50th lap around the sun I have been reading with interest Joe Friel’s “Fast After 50” along with other guidance for older athletes.
A common theme is to look to do what Friel calls “Aerobic Capacity Workouts”. This is essentially targetting VO2max, and these should be done throughout the year. My question is what Focus Duration (and maybe Athlete Type?) should I look for to identify/be prescribed these sorts of workouts? I like the Closer workouts already, and note there are various VO2 to %reserve smart workouts available but am interested to see if there are any more that would be appropriate.
The second question is that the guidance also encourages increasing the amount of running (or similar) to reduce bone density loss, and also increasing weight training. I know I shouldn’t log these in my XERT cycling account, but this is going to significantly reduce what XERT thinks is my training volume (as historically the vast majority of training has been on bike). I realise I can address Intensity by the Freshness Slider (although this seems a bit of a fudge) but won’t XATA prescribe (eg) 2 star workouts representing my cycling volume when my real volume/fatigue may be (eg) 3 due to running, rowing, etc?
I would be interested to get some advice on how to best use XERT, which has been great for me for the last three years now, with this changing training emphasis. Thanks.