When you do Zone 2 focused rides outside, do you still try and meet your XSS for that day?
Sort of, but I am not exactly following Xert’s recommended XSS, so I am probably not the best person to answer this question. If Xert says I have a deficit, I try to increase volume of the next few days, if possible.
I do try to do a few 2 hr Z2 rides and maybe a 1 hr easy ride per week (it varies, and they are not all strict Z2). I also try to do short hard sesion during the week, and a long ride on the weekend, and I just try to fit this in as I can.
Anyway, I am seeing my training load increase gradually, and I am seeing small breakthroughs every few weeks so I am ok with this.
I actually find Xert’s analysis can give you some insights into your training, regardless if it indoors or out. For example - looking at peak strain, high strain and low strain separately (on my fitness → progression chart-> then choose the strain from the dropdown) might show me that I have too many consecutive days with lots of high and peak strain, or it might remind me that I haven’t had a really hard session in a while.