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What is "base" exactly?
I am new to cycling and I have read alot about about the best ways to improve. Lots of sources suggest building up a large amount of "base" miles at the beginning, which I am trying to do right now.
If I understand it right, this means riding at lower levels of intensity in order to increase your body's efficiency at aerobic activities, and to get your body used to long distances to avoid injury.
I have searched alot of threads and read all the sources I can find, but I still have a question:
Half the things I read suggest riding in zone 2 (60-70% max HR), and half say zone 3 (70-80% max HR).
Which one of these is more commonly referred to as "base" riding, and which would be more useful to me?