Interested to hear response as I am in a similar situation as a runner.
I’ve been working through the moderate intensity Mtneering Training plan and realized after my second attempt at the HR drift test (http://tpks.ws/76F4QTZ74IO2XUS55AOIFMAFNU) that I’ve got a pretty bad case of Aerobic Deficiency Syndrome (AET ~124 bpm). When I tested my ANT in the previous iteration of this training group over the summer, I got an ANT of ~177, so a big gap between the two still prolly exists.
My AET is so low that ski touring (which I’m doing more of now that its winter) is solidly zone 3, the social runs I’ve been doing for years are definitely zone 3. Trying to do those activities in Z2 territory requires slowing to a fast hike for the runs and slow crawl for ski touring (basically a rest step), which is why I wanted to ask: how much z3 a week is too much?
Clearly, I have spent a lot of time – years in all likelihood – developing my anaerobic capacity, and my goal now is to build my aerobic base and increase my AET. But I still want to get out ski touring and for my group runs… Perhaps this is a case where you can’t have your cake and eat it too, so curious for a % of hours per week that *could* be Z3 without being too detrimental to my aerobic capacity building goals. Maybe that answer is 0, but wanted to be sure to ask…
Thanks for any insights and feedback,
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