I am not going to answer your question directly because I’m not qualified. However there is a bigger question here. Not sure from your post what sport you’re guiding but when I have been AT Skiing or Hiking/climbing the guides always have huge packs. If you are guiding with a big pack and still well below zone 1 then yes you are not contributing to your aerobic base. So the question is “what is important”? If you are earning a living then so be it, we all got to eat. But if at the same time you want to do a first ascent or FKT then the question is what is more important. I have read many conversations along these lines and the usual response is (paraphrased) “you have to make a choice”. There are only so many hours in a day and if you want to reach a really hard goal then you may have to stop guiding. The rest will fall out from your choice. If it were me and I was not training for a big goal, I would rest when I was tired, because after all what would it matter? Just my .02c.
I just read in an older thread about the idea of activities like guiding, where you’re active for long periods of time but significantly below Aerobic Threshold, being fatiguing but not contributing much to training. A follow up question; any tips for accounting for that fatigue in a training plan? Because that fatigue is not coming from strenuous physical activity, is it better to push through it than fatigue from training? Or should it be treated like fatigue from training by taking recovery days until normal energy levels have returned?
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