I left this reply sitting from awhile back and forgot to send it so here goes –
I assume you have resolved the elapsed time issue by not relying on auto-pause to determine every activity’s start/stop times.
If you were swimming laps in a pool that might include short breaks in the pool as part of the workout. If you leave the pool, towel off, and hangout at the cabana for an hour then swim more laps later, that’s two workouts, not one.
If you were to run up a mountain at a ski resort in the summer, turn around and run back down, that’s one workout. Different strain efforts, but one activity nonetheless.
Next time you decide to eat lunch and hangout at the summit lodge for an hour before the downhill return. That’s two distinct workouts.
The problem with cycling is momentum, gravity, and darn auto-pause.
The deeper you dive into the logic of auto-pause and moving time the less sense it makes to track as a training metric. All short breaks are rests-in-between same as coasting downhill (0 watts, 0 cadence) or stopping at a red light. Any long breaks off the saddle and away from the bike are subject to stop/save and start another activity. Makes sense, no?
Perhaps one day head units will be smart enough to figure that out. Nix GPS movement as the only factor. How many minutes with no power/cadence activity constitutes auto stop and save logic? Jump back on the bike within that time frame and the recording continues as one activity. Jump on the bike beyond the limit and the initial activity is saved (without the end pause) and a new activity starts as cadence/power data is detected.
Those short breaks are legitimate RIBs. Moving time is irrelevant. What matters for training purposes is the elapsed time and strain accumulated during each activity.
I get why so many ask for moving time since they’ve grown accustomed to seeing it elsewhere, but the metric is really a false narrative. Auto-pause based strictly on GPS movement blurs the distinction between valid rest intervals/stops/breaks during activities.
As @xertedbrain mentions Pre-base (and Post-event) doesn’t follow any progression logic. XATA will generate a variety of workouts around your selected focus duration (athlete type).
See last line here: Program Phases – Xert (baronbiosys.com)
In this scenario I suggest you consider an alternate workout depending on how you feel including selecting from the full list of twenty (Load More).
Yes, “endurance” in Xert isn’t the same as old-school sub-LTP minutes/hours. Xert’s hybrid 3 zone and high, low, peak strain model is quite different than a traditional 5/7 zone model.
Open up that workout in Workout Designer and note the Rating, Description and especially the XSS/KJ split. It’s a “moderately difficult endurance” workout including what I would call the gentler side of VO2 max intervals. If I was in Pre-base though and not feeling up to it, I would definitely be looking at the alternates list.
Sweet Spot, Threshold and Polarized Training … By the Numbers – Xert (baronbiosys.com)
Focus duration and power targets for Endurance - Support - Xert Community Forum (xertonline.com)
You can kick TL down to a lower level at any time my changing IR to Off-Season. Also consider how the pacer needle in XATA works. It is a rolling 7 day average. If you suddenly decline this week and purposely let it lapse into the red, a week later the needle will reflect your new pattern/hours. TL in turn affects your stars status count and corresponding difficulty level for suggested workouts. This is most evident during a phased progression.
XATA - what does it say? - General - Xert Community Forum (xertonline.com)
I’ll assume your “2 years of non-stop structured training” must have included some downtime.