I’ve been using Xert to train for time trials, however since last August I’ve been battling a couple of injuries that just won’t go away properly. As a result I’ve decided to take time off from TTs , due to the injuries but also I haven’t been enjoying them as much recently.
I’ve been using the fitness I’ve built up to ride a few longer distance rides, Audaxs, and have found them to be a breath of fresh air and the more upright position isn’t causing me any issues really. I’m just curious to how other users of Xert and who ride long distance events use the system to train. My longer rides to date all come in around the 10 hour mark, are over 200km in length and about 3,000-3,500m of elevation. The focus for all three has been sprint time-triallist.
One of the challenges I’m considering is trying for the RRtY award (Randonneur Round the Year) which is a 200km ride every month for 12 consecutive calendar months. So I wouldn’t really have a peak form period, rather a fitness level that could be maintained, although I suspect the summer rides will be tougher and the winter rides flatter so a summer peak would be a good idea. How would people suggest I use Xert for something like that? Also how to deal with the fluctuation in XSS per week, as some of the rides I’ve ridden so far are coming in at 500xss, which isn’t an every week option (at least for me!) so will this affect the advice given regarding deficit/surplus? Also noticed that Xata seems to show me as fresh and recommending intensity the day after a 10hour ride, yet my legs feel like they could fall off (going down stairs is an issue!)
Anyway, was just wondering if anybody else has any insights/advice into this sort of cycling.