I have been reading Carmichael's book "Seven Weeks to the Perfect Ride" in his program for he has one training two times a week in Zone 1.
For me zone one is 90 to 108 bpm. My heart goes above 108 bpm as soon as I get on the bike and start pedaling. To be able to keep my heart even close to 108 bpm I would have to have my bike in the easiest gear and my cadence would have to be around 50 RPM.
Not being able to stay in Zone 1 is this indication of being in bad shape? If I want to follow this program should I put the bike in a easy gear and pedal a moderate cadence between 80 to 85 RPM even if my heart rate goes around 120 bpm.
Thanks for the help.