I just got a PM (thanks to TR) and just want to have fun with it and record data. My goal isn’t to race or really train outside (i suffer enough on the home trainer), but just to be faster and enjoy cycling without huffing and puffing. I didn’t really need a PM, but I’m a sucker for data…
Anyway, I was wondering if there was a general rule of thumb depending on the length of the ride, in terms of IF ? Regardless of training zones, of course, but just as far as what the body can take.
For example, I know that for a very long ride, I should pace at about 65% FTP. And for a TT, athletes need to push themselves around 92% (maybe those numbers aren’t correct)
My rides are around 83% for 30 miles (i have a 3w/kg ftp), and they tend to go downward after 1hour of cycling. I want to use the PM to push myself further, but without feeling too exhausted or anxious I won’t have the legs to finish. Most of my rides are on the road, pretty flat, with the occasional small climb, and in the 30 to 40 miles range.
Any advice would be apreciated, thanks !