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Old 04-27-21, 03:06 PM
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For my long rides, I try to stay in Zone 2 as much as possible, as a way to pace myself so I don't blow up. I don't monitor a bike computer constantly, but I do have my average heart rate for the last 15 minutes read out to me at 15-minute intervals.

I also spend a lot of time on the erg. During intervals, I watch my heart rate to see how long I'm redlining (and I'll back off if it seems too long), and during easy steady-state sessions, I keep an eye on my heart rate relative to my power output: I know that I should be at about 120 bpm when I'm at 65% FTP, so if I'm significantly above that, something is going on, and I ask myself whether it's fatigue, heat, or something else.
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