Newbie user here (my second month) and I’ve tried reading around the docs and Forums for a bit, and already found what i think was an answer to one of my questions, but I feel like I’m missing something about the perks of using Xert.
The biggest gripe I’ve had so far compared to other systems, is the longer term training plans - I kind of get that XATA is supposed to control my training load and ramp rate for progressive overload, but so far I’ve only found its recommendations to be annoying:
- It doesn’t seem to matter what freshness it thinks i am, it always recommends an endurance workout of varying lengths/xss
- it will regularly suggest rides that are too long for a given day - I very rarely have 2+ hours on a weekday to train, so I don’t get why that’s a recommendation.
- I can’t seem to generate a full block of a training plan - If it’s able to give recommendations on a day-to-day basis, why do i have to go manually adding a new activity every day for however long etc.
My timing/availability to train is pretty consistent; 1-1.5 hours a day mid-week, and 1-3 hours a day at the weekend but there doesn’t seem to be any way to give Xert a nudge that these are the parameters to work within.
I’ve been wondering why I always had to “Select Activity” on the ones that i have planned, but I just read on the forums that it will automatically select it for me when it’s within 2 hours of the expected start time - I don’t know about anyone else, but the default start time of the activity is always 11:58pm, who trains that late?!
I’ve all but given up on the recommendations at the moment and am just choosing my own set of workouts for a given week based on XSS/hours and a reasonable ramp rate - but I feel like I have to be missing something, as this is clearly not what the product is intended for.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the product and many of the insights and data that it provides are really useful, but as a tool to structure my training, I’m not understanding that yet.