It’s my first time posting and I know the topic of the drift test is common here, but checking other threads didn’t answer my questions and I’d appreciate if you take a look at my case.
I have recently done two drift tests to check my AeT and adjust my training. I’m in week 6 of transition phase and have been using MAF score of 150 bpm so far. I have no previous running experience, had a training “gap year” in 2020/21 and before that I’ve been training/racing cyclocross and road cycling at amateur level for about 6 seasons (mostly high intensity training)
Test #1: http://tpks.ws/XH4UMEW25HV75TI4FEYTRMETSU
Test #2: http://tpks.ws/NQEYQLBXCSR7NTI4FEYTRMETSU
For both workouts Lap #2 is the actual test
Both runs felt reasonably easy, although the second one noticeably less so. I was really surprised that the second test gave the smaller Pa:HR score. I’d love to know the answers to following questions to have an idea where to go from here:
– I chose to go with constant HR for these tests and managed to keep it in +/-5bpm for the majority of the tests. Is it still too much of a range? Should I perhaps switch to constant pace for next tests?
– I did the second test the day after the first one. Could that skew the results somehow? I felt really fresh both after the first test and on the day of the second.
– I slightly adjusted the course of the second test (a smaller loop) to make it a bit more flat. Could that be an issue?
– Any other suggestions or remarks regarding these tests? Should I restest next week? If so what starting HR should I aim for?
If you need some more information please let me know. I am looking forward to your insights 🙂