As the title of my topic indicates, I am wondering how things work when we reach a point in time where we don’t simply have more time to train?
I have been training regularly using Xert (and other platforms) since last october with ramp rate of Moderate/Slow. In the last month or so, I succeeded raising my training load (TL) by doing tougher workouts (same duration, more XSS) to 3 stars.
Now I have reached the point that I can’t put in more hours per week (Maintenance, signature decay = no decay).
Now to get back to my question. Since I am now in maintenance mode, will my actual TP never raise again and is thus maxed (in theory). Reading about Xert, I have understood that the no decay mode is updating the fitness signature according to the TL and I can’t raise it anymore (no more time available). Am I stuck at that level?
My gut feeling is telling me that even if I maintain my actual TL, I will get fitter (more aerobic at least). Is that what will happen? Will TP be affected?
As a workaround, I thought that I could train less for some time to let TL lower a bit, ride for fun during summer and then start again raising TL when it has lowered to say 50 (2 stars). My guess is that even if TL is lowering, TP will not lower as much but I do not know…
I am curious to read your answers to my questions. I am still new to structured training but I like it very much. I did not expect the results I am now witnessing with my fitness. I consider myself an enthousiast (no race event, only endurance rides, mostly for fun). But there’s a geek in me who likes to understand how things work.