I’ve always been super confused by the over threshold efforts to get back up to speed at every traffic light.
I just don’t understand it.
So, you’re riding on your own…
Are you late?
Are you trying to average some pointless speed?
Do you have no gears?
Do you not change down before you stop?
You’re doing a Z2 ride for many reasons, then make it a Z2 ride, train your physiology, not your ego.
One of the main reasons Z2 rides are so important is keeping the daily training stress under the radar. Stimulating your body, while not causing too much stress. Allowing you to do actual high volume.
Obviously, riding outside is going to have variation. Some live in terrain that simply make Z2 rides almost impossible.
Launching off from every traffic light at anaerobic power is not a Z2 ride. Do this 30 times in a ride and you now have a different result. A different response from your body.
Definitely overthink it.
I’m not saying that these over or under efforts break your ride. Of course not. However, a perfect Z2 ride is a gentle warm-up then as long as possible in Z2. Avoiding straying into efforts anywhere near threshold.
Easily done on the trainer. Complicated in many locations outdoors.
I love trying to keep my Z2 rides as perfect as I can make them, it’s a skill. Professional cyclists are generally superb at it. You too can be superb at it. In fact, you could be better than anyone at it.
Now, to clarify. Obviously, this is training. Riding with a purpose. Riding with structure. I’m in no way saying that one shouldn’t occasionally or frequently just ride along and enjoy themselves etc
However, if you’ve got a Z2 ride on Wednesday, ride Z2. It’s Z2 for a million very good reasons. Most common among these. You’re keeping a cap on intensity so when you do go hard, you actually can…
Engage your inner Roboman/Robogirl, flatten all terrain, both up and down, every turn, every crest into perfect Z2 power.