So I decided this offseason to just do what XERT told me to do, no questions. I set my ramp rate and initially set a target event date but then switched to continuous improvement, ramp rate was Mod-1 or Slow depending on time availability, and No Decay.
For the most part, I was being fed a continuous diet of endurance workouts (ie @LTP) as I was ‘yellow stars’ most of the time, even though I felt pretty good the whole time. After learning about the magic of zone 2 from Drs. Attia and Inigo San Milan I had no issues in just doing it. It was boring to be honest. Nothing exciting, lots and lots of LTP work…and I trusted. My TL went from 34 to about 54 since Jan 1. During the process, TP and LTP didn’t move much tbh, PP dropped, but I kept plugging way.
I had my first outdoor ride yesterday and my second today, ended up with a GOLD breakthrough. I feel great too, no crazy burned out legs. Ready to go out again tomorrow. My signature is already at the highest it was last season. And that was towards the end of my outdoor season. At the same time my TL is currently not near (54 vs 75) what it was when I hit that number last year. I don’t race, I am weekend punter with less than 10h a week to train. My goal this season is TP 250, PP 1000 and LTP 200.
My 2 cents? Base training is crucial. LTP is magical. And to trust the XATA, it works. Thanks XERT!