I am curious about the heart rate zones applied to my profile and the role they play in training. Having just read the knowledge base material on the subject , I am left wondering if I have been working hard enough. This is in no way another complaint about the workouts being dialed down, so please consider the following:
I have been “suffering” for a few years with a dumb trainer and virtual power, often struggling through tough workouts, so I have a history.
Just upgraded to an interactive trainer coinciding with the change to SYSTM.
Recently did Full Frontal, proper effort. Attacker with Repeated strength and Sustained weakness.
Currently following an all purpose plan.
Finding that my heart rate and perceived effort have been quite low.
For example, rode The Bat with an average of 121 bmp and max 144. The “bat” intervals show zone 5 on the peaks and zone 4 in between. My zone 4 is 167- 175 bpm.
Rode The Way Out with an average of 121 and max 147. This max is well within zone 2 for me, whereas the targets are in zones 3-4.
Sorry for the long question, but what is the net effect of being so far below the targets?