skywalker - Member
Slowly, as you get fitter it will be easier to stay in the zones.
AS you'll see I posted the "zone 2 training - yawn" link. Since then I've ridden on Zone 2 on all my training road rides. My first (MTB) event is at the end of february.
a) as Skywalker says, the more I've done it the easier I find it to stay n the zones. Right now, I can "feel" the amount of effort I'm using in my legs that would cause me to increase my HR to zone 3 and its easy for me to back off / change down to reduce it.
b) Becuase I'm changing down to reduce effort, I'm increasing cadence. Now I'm not knowledge about this but I've read in several places (the last being the Livestrong site) that cycling at higher than necessary cadence trains you, from a cadence perspective, to ride faster
c) Since that thread - yes not long - my longer rides are much easier than the last on a weekly basis
d) Roughly speaking (because a myriad of conditions effect it) the trend of my average speed over the same distances all ridden at Z2 is increase - I assume I am getting fitter.
e) Mentally, I'm much more relaxed.
d) slightly negative, because I ride a compact double there are some hills where I just can't stay in Z2, but cest la vie....
For me personally, I'd reckon that all the above plus the general experience will be doing me good whilst MTB & Road racing this year.
But thats just my opinion of course......