So, I am trying to get more structured in my training. I ride a good amount and have a couple years riding, but I want to go to the 'next level.'
I am looking at training plans and they have me spending some days entirely in Zone 1 (60-65% Max HR) or Zone 2 (65-75% max HR). BORING!!!!
I admit I am not in the best of shape. I have a cholesterol issue and my RHR is about 70. My MHR is 190. Spending an hour at 123 BPM means I would be soft-pedaling most of my ride.
What is the issue if I spend that time at 160 bpm ( 84% MHR Zone 4)? I can stay in Zone 4 for over 3 hours and still be strong the next day. My Avg HR on my normal rides to this point is 165 and I am riding 6 days a week, each ride for more than an hour and over 3 hours on Saturday. Should I just adjust the recommended training program to go up a zone or two?
I know I need recovery time, but come on! Two days a week? I have been going for MONTHS riding in zone 4!