Bill- Adding weight on the flat is unlikely to help much (pace will slow more anyway) and will cause more knee wear and tear. I would seek out hilly terrain (try and get into Z2 on the ups, don’t worry about the downs) as a first course of action. Barring that a good chunk of the time in Z1 is not the end of the world by any means but the aerobic adaptations will likely take you a bit longer.
When I can’t get outside or the weather is crappy, my Z2 workouts are almost always on an elliptical machine. To get my HR to an appropriate level, I can crank up the resistance or increase SPM and leave the machine incline very low. But when I am outside I can’t run (knee issue, at least for now) and getting into Z2 on flat terrain while hiking is quite difficult. I am moving along about as fast as I can without breaking into a jog.
Any suggestions? More pack weight? More uphill? Be okay with tooling along in Z1?
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