Thanks for replying. I find that changing improvement rate to say maintenance or taper does cut the weekly hours, but also affects TP targets. So would be great if the system could adjust intensity upwards if hours decline, or vice versa.
Indeed, would be awesome if we could get more granular feedback on training needs besides an XSS target, say feedback that you’re doing too much LSD and not enough high/peak strain or something along those lines.
Ultimately your training (and improvement) is governed by XSS - to be more fit, you need more strain… it doesn’t necessarily matter the time spent on the bike, but also what you’re doing (e.g. intensity). XSS quantifies all that into a single value.
Athletes with a shorter focus duration (Sprinters, Pursuiters, Puncheurs, etc) will find that they’ll accumulate XSS at a faster rate in the late build & peak phases, since high-intensity workouts often generate in excess of 100 XSS/hr, so they might be okay to continue with a higher IR and not see weekly volume increase a lot.
On the other hand, athletes with long focus durations (Triathlete, Century Rider, etc.) are pretty much capped at ~70 XSS/hr, since all their training recommendations are typically sub-TP endurance. For these athletes, there isn’t much else to increase their training load other than adding more time… substituting some high-intensity in place of more time may help a bit.
As I mentioned we have some ideas on how to improve this!