Would you use 166 bpm as my AeT?
Yes, but to be conservative and avoid any false precision, 165 is close enough.
Is it possible to be above AeT with less than 5% decoupling?
Yes, which is why I wondered: Have you done an anaerobic threshold test? Do you know your AnT HR?
The key differences between low decoupling at AeT versus AnT are:
* At AeT, decoupling doesn’t increase, but it could. If the intensity were increased, heart rate and decoupling would increase. Basically, there’s “room to move” if necessary.
* At AnT, decoupling doesn’t increase, because it can’t. Due to the intensity and the duration of the effort, heart rate can’t increase that much.
So it’s very important to not mistake AnT for AeT. That could lead to training disaster, going too hard too often.
Have you done an AnT test? You could do a DIY test or get an AnT estimate from a lab.