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Cycling Power Zones – outdoors

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    Hi there,

    I know that there is a significant or can be a significant difference in outdoor FTP vs. trainer. That’s understood.
    What I wonder about is the following:
    I, for example, live in a fairly hilly area and when riding outdoors, it’s basically impossible to stay in Zone 2. I would either crawl up hills or go down a hill pushing the pedals like a maniac to stay in the prescribed zone(s).
    How do you normally have your athletes manage that? Or do you recommend to simply hit the prescribed zone on average, meaning that target zone 2 would be 162-192 watts and the athlete tries to at least have the average for that lap/interval within these 162-192 watts?


    Matt Fitzgerald

    I recommend that you jut do the best you realistically can to stay in zone going uphill and don’t worry about it on steeper descents. Physiologically, there’s no way to balance out or undo time at moderate/high intensity through subsequent time at low intensity. A burned match is a burned match, and you’ve only got so many to burn.


    I tried my best this past weekend. I think part of the issue is to get used to ride outdoors again. Well, I will be back in the basement again due to bad weather 🙁 but spring is right around the corner.
    Would you consider the attached ok in terms of “staying in the zones”?

    Matt Fitzgerald

    If you tried your best, then by definition you did well enough. What kind of coach would I be if I expected athletes to do better than their best? 😉Seriously, though, it does appear you made a consistent, good-faith effort to stay in your zones despite challenging topography.

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