Is there something to do so that the decay method matches more closely to the real power I can produce ?
The thing is that, whenever I add workouts to the Planner page (I usually fill one week of workouts), if I go on the Progression page, I see that the estimated TP value increases by a couple of watts for that coming week. But, once the week has ended and I have finished all the planned workouts, the curve of my TP keeps going down. The only way to reset it, is to do an all-out workout and get breakthroughs. Which usually gives me about the same numbers I had previously.
What is disturbing is that, if I don’t go for a BT, the decay algorithm gives me numbers that are too low for me to progress anymore. What I mean is that, for ex., with my last BT in August, my TP reached about 290-295W. Since then, I kept training, but Xert now estimates that my TP is around 267W; and the problem is that XATA now suggests me workouts with targets that are, potentially, 25-30W below what my previous BT was. So I’m doing workouts that are much easier than what I was doing just after my BT. The difficulty of the workouts goes down, and down, and down, until you go (and succeed) for a BT.
So, I keep training, but week after week, the workouts become easier, and that’s not because my fitness is improving, but because Xert suggests lower targets for my workouts.
Yes and after changing it, if you want you can go back to your last breakthrough and lock it, forcing a recalc with ‘no decay’ from that point as well. Also fixes the training loads etc. for that period too
Now, as my last BT is 2 months old and Xert suggested me easier workouts since then, I guess that I need to do a new BT attempt so that the new workouts will be achievable ! It’s been several weeks that I’ve been training with 5W, then 10W…15W…20W below that BT, I’m pretty sure that in the next days, the suggested workouts may be too much intense ! I will probably have to decrease the targets by around 20W at first and progressively increase them week after week… Moreover, I’m now back on the HT for the next Winter 5-6 months, and I know that I can’t push indoors the power that I was able to push outdoors !
PS: I set the Decay to “No decay”, but I see on the Progression Chart that it’s still moving my TP up and down since that BT. Really, I think that that curve looks much better and more logical than the one from the Optimal Decay (though I think that I lost a couple of watts since I trained on a lower load by following XATA).
Question: how does the “No Decay” parameter calculate the TP ? Isn’t it supposed not to change the TP (at least, downward) ? (but really, I prefer the way it’s currently looking on the graph: slowly going down when I miss a couple of days of training, but slowly going up when I follow the plan).
The other option is leave the default decay setting at optimal but select your favorite BT workout from the library whenever XATA warns you 3 weeks have elapsed since last BT.
You must manually select a BT workout as one won’t display on the recommend list.
It only takes about 10 minutes of effort to generate a signature validation check using this BT workout – Xert - Login