I completed a HR drift AeT test in August on a track, analyzed with TrainingPeaks. This put my AeT at 150. I’ve spent a lot of time since then running in Zone 1 (below 135 bpm). The base period was extremely frustrating, but once I began to add intensity training a few weeks ago in the form of 8′ Z3 intervals it became bearable again. My question is, how will I ever train for real mountain running with 85% of my training load in Zone 1? It seems like now on a good day I can maintain Z1 on a moderate slope. Anything steep or rocky forces me into an immediate walk. Is this normal? My experience really makes me wonder how fit you need to be in order to keep up vertical at a Z1 pace. Any experiences with improvements in Z1 pace over time in the mountains would be much appreciated.
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