This morning I completed Bluebell for only the second time in my career. (it’s only come up twice on my plan) In the first set I left the intensity set at 100% but by the last interval I was pushing well over the 120% and still not getting my heart rate out of zone 3.
In the last two sets I pushed the intensity to 102% and still pushed well beyond the prescribed wattage. The las three work intervals I was brushing up against the 130% range.
As I looked back at the data this evening and contemplated the intention of this particular workout I wonder if I was getting my heart rate and oxygen uptake ramped up high enough to achieve the point of the workout. During the workout I never felt as though my breathing rate was anywhere near a point of maximal uptake nor did my heart rate ever exceed 88% of max. I realize heart rate lags and with only 1 minute workloads it is probably not a good measure.
Was I still reaping the intended benefit of this workout? Should I have bumped intensity up to 105-108% for the entire thing to achieve a higher breathing rate?