Okay – so I’m in MT for the summer (as every summer) where I will be training.
I have never paid attention to zones in my life until this year (80/20), but have ridden/run here for 10+ years.
I’m in the best shape of my life coming off the last HIM training. Get out here for the first 2 workouts and they are a total bomb.
1hr run today and 1hr ride yesterday – thinking just easy acclimating Z2….and I had forgotten how the altitude (and wind!) are just total ass kicking. 5k here. 1k’ish back home.
HR in both activities was Z3. I was back to run/walking – which just about had me in tears b/c GAH I HATE WALKING to get my HR down and it gave me some PTSD from when first starting HR/zone training in Jan and all those crappy runs at a snails pace I had to do before I eventually got faster lol.
SOOOO will some new threshold tests be in order here I”m guessing – to re-evaluate my zones?
And is it a myth that all this higher elevation training improves fitness at same effort in lower elevation? As in, I will not kick more ass when I return home to the Dirty Humid South in two months? (I read this in one of your previous posts responses). Because if so, that sucks.
Seriously, you’re fine. Your zones are not the same at 7,000 feet. No one’s are. Don’t resist it. You slowed down to get faster for 80/20; now you’ve just got to do it again for Montana. Altitude training does work–not equally for every athlete, but I can assure you that if you are disciplined and patient, you will be rewarded one way or another.