This week I took my second AeT treadmill test. The first time I tested at 164 and I figured there must be a fluke (I wasn’t fasted enough, I was working too hard to nose breathe?). This week, I re-did the test 12 hours fasted and even asked friends to listen to me to make sure my breath wasn’t labored (kind friends). I got the same result again.
I’ve been pretty confused because I don’t train aerobically so I naturally assumed I need to build a base to raise my threshold. My speed does not reflect a highly trained athlete but it seems my AeT does. Does this indicate that I would benefit more from Zone 3 work? I’ve been training three weeks at a very conservative target HR of 144 for fear of accidentally encroaching on the dead man zone…but it seems like that might be what I need to pick up speed.
FWIW, I’ve never bonked or struggled with endurance even after extended effort so I’m primarily looking to train for faster approaches. Using the advanced rock-alpinist plan, I’m concerned the focus on zone 2 will not help me achieve my goal.