Have you done the AnT test yet? If you have good numbers from both it and the drift test you may find the difference to be a rather small percentage, in which case moving along your decently hilly terrain in zone 1 is the work that’s needed to build the base. The ME workouts are going up continuous >25% grade steep terrain for an hour and then going down with or without the weight. Its different and feels different than a hike on hilly terrain. Now after 3 build weeks you should have a recovery week?
Trouble raising HR to Z2 on long hikes
I am on the intermediate plan. This weekend is the end of week #3. Guess it took me a while to notice, but I am having getting my HR up on the weekend 15% bodyweight long hikes.
I am barely breaking into Zone 1… I am carrying 30lb, which is ~17% of my bodyweight, and the terrain is decently hilly. Only on the very steepest parts do I venture into mid/high Zone 1. These parts are steep: you have to try to get enough friction when ascending, and when descending them you brace, shuffle and break your momentum on trees kind of thing.
So 2 questions:
1. What’s going on?
My best guess is that I am aerobically well conditioned for this workout, but my muscular endurance (ME) is poor in comparison. The load feels heavy locally on the legs, but it doesn’t stress the aerobic system as it’s intended. This may be good news if it indicates that I have a good aerobic base on which to build ME. Building the aerobic base is the slog (and I’ve done this pretty diligently over the past years), and the ME component is quicker to add at the end (something I’ve not paid attention to), right? But I am concerned that I am suddenly spending really long hours effectively doing potent ME workouts that will run me into the ground. After the 3rd build week of the program, I am starting to feel run down.
2. What to do?
If ME is to be used sparingly and judiciously, then I need to reduce the weight I carry? That would enable me to hike faster and move the HR up? Would switching to running the same course be the same thing taken to an extreme? The lack of weight and faster pace would primarily stress the aerobic system as opposed to leg ME? 2h20min of hilly trail running strikes me as a big deviation from my comfort zone right now though, so is there a rough TSS equivalence between hiking and running the same distance, or should HR capture that by itself?
Thanks in advance, and happy training!
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