I’m on week 16 of the 24-week plan, so just finished the base period.
Since I have no mountain objective on the horizon, I wanted to redo the 8 weeks of the base period before getting to ME work, and also focus on strength (I missed a few strength workouts)
Just did AET and ANT tests and was hoping someone could give them a look to see if my thinking is correct.
Incline Treadmill AET Test:
First time on an incline treadmill since last year, due to covid19. At 15%, the max grade, I have to be walking really really fast to keep my HR up and it’s super awkward, but if I start running it shoots up too far. So I tried to just do a flat run on treadmill.
15-minute gradual warmup to what felt like an easy effort, set pace and did not move it for duration of test.
At about the 45-minute mark of the test I got a cramp in my side and had to stop. Not being much of a runner (most of my z1/z2 workouts are hiking up a hill that’s too steep to run), I think it might have been better to try maybe a 3% elevation run.
First 20 mins average: 154
Second 20 mins averagE: 162
162 – 154 = 8 / 154 = 5.1%
Would it make a difference that I ran rather than do the steep incline, which is how I’ve been training?
20 minute easy warmup, and then all-out effort for 30 minutes up a hill.
I was using my chest strap, which has been having difficulties lately when it’s really hot (it was 90 degrees+ that day). My HR will suddenly drop 20 beats and then come right back up. That happened for 6 minutes in the middle of the workout, and for another minute at the end.
If I take those moment out, it appears the average is 174.
Can I set my ANT in the 170 – 175 range?
Or should I do it again?
I’d rather not do another ANT test for a few weeks so I can do some longer easy workouts.