I think you probably need to be willing to go as slow as you need to go to keep your heart rate under your AeT. From experience, that can be painfully slow while you build a base and improve your AeT. It can take a lot of patience, especially if you are used to hiking at a faster pace (and above your AeT). The alternative is finding a less steep hike and seeing if you can set a pace that isn’t quite so slow. For me, the treadmill would be the last option; I’d stay with the hikes if I could because hiking is what I am training for.
Staying under AeT while doing steep hikes
When I hike Mailbox peak with a 20 lbs backpack (15% Bodyweight), it is almost impossible to keep the heart rate under 135. I have done this hike 3 times now and it seems to be getting easier but I am curious if I should stop trying to hike mailbox peak every 2 weeks and just do the workout on the treadmill?
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