After 26 years of running and three years of cycling, I finally took a perfomance diagnostic test with calculation of my anaerobic threshold. I thought I was in shape...
I am planning a 7-day alp crossing on my road bike this summer (Transalp Challenge 2005) and want to maximize the effectiveness of my limited training time. It turns out I have been training primarily over the threshold and therefore not building up any real endurance. Time to take the oft-repeated and seldom heeded advice: long and slow.
I already set my pulse monitor limits back by 15 bpm and will try to train religiously below my AT for at least 80% of the time.
For those of you who were about to ask:
Reality: AT 4.95 m/l at around 170 watts & 135 bpm
What I expected: AT at around 225-250 watts and 150 bpm