when I have a power zone range to follow for a workout (particularly sweet spot) I tend to gravitate towards the upper end of the range, and even exceed it by a few watts, for much of the interval. I think it’s a psychological thing that I tell myself I need to be above the target. Will that have any negative impact long term? curious if others here find themselves doing the same?
I think many of us probably do that. Just this morning on our coaching call Coach @Isaiah gave me the reminder that I have a zone for a reason and to use it. It doesn’t always have to be the top end; especially, now coming into trainer season.
Tim and coach Isaiah are correct! You have a zone for a reason. Stay within it! It’s great to ride at the top end - only go above if that’s what’s called for! #FTfP!!
Thanks Tim and Coach Allie! I’ll work on shooting for the middle of the range.
Hey James! You don’t always have to shoot for the middle of the range. As Allie said, riding at the top of the zone is great, especially on days you feel good! It’s about listening to your body and using the zone; the top end of the zone is great for days you’re motivated or have good legs, and the middle part of the zone is a good target on days where you know you’re a bit fatigued.
I’ve found that if I’m able to consistently ride at the top of proscribed zones in workouts, it’s time for an FTP test, as it’s likely a bit higher!