Somewhat rolling route with quite a few roundabouts, traffic lights, and some heavy morning rush hour traffic towards the end. About as good as it gets around here unless I ride crazy early/late to avoid the traffic completely. Managed 65% of ride in Z2 power zone and 99% of it in Z2 HR zone. Couple of minutes total above threshold power which would have been accumulated a few seconds at a time when getting started again from a stop or needing to accelerate to match traffic speed while changing lanes, nothing long enough to get the heart rate up. Really interested to see what Progression Levels 2.0 makes of rides like this compared to a 90 minutes trainer ride as I do a lot of riding like this - feels productive from a fitness perspective and certainly much more enjoyable when the weather is decent than sitting in the garage.
4 hour Z2 ride I did last weekend. I wanted to stay around 225 normalized, however, I wasn’t militant about it. Ended up with 3:15 in Z2/Z1, 20 min in Tempo then some coasting. Only spent 10 minutes at SS or above which is pretty decent for the route and hills.
I gave up trying to do Z2 by power outside. Upper end of Z2 for me is around 240 watts so that gets me to around 35kph (if it’s flat and depending on wind). That’s way to fast for the densly populated place I live in to ride savely. I usually do outdoor endurance rides with the baby in the trailer and by heartrate - he can sleep and I get a ride in, winwin. Average speed is also way slower, more like 18-20kph so that certainly helps to keep the pace pretty consistent.
Living in a river valley there are quite a few short punchy hills. Hard to find a 25+ mile route with less than 1500ish vertical throughout. This was yesterday with the middle 75 minutes being really focused on staying in z2. Few stop signs and a couple quick stops to fiddle with things.
My ambition yesterday evening, was to go out on a nice Z2 ride to get a few hours out in the wonderful weather. Earlier during the day i did a 90min VO2 max session, so I was a tad heavy legged.
Well, I started out doing fine, kept my power at an okay wattage… but then the rolling landscape changed it all.
I cannot see how I could ever ride around here staying in Z2. I tried, I really did, but as I realized it was impossible i just rode on, adding a few sprints.