• Should I use heart rate or power in the triathlon training plan?

    Dear Mrs. Bernhardt,

    Greetings from Germany! I do have a question about your training plan, Triathlon: Base Period (Winter, Off-Season) Training, Phase 1: 4.75 to 9.5 hrs/wk - especially about the bike part .

    Unfortunately it's not clear for me, if the zones you describe in the cycling parts are power zones or heart rate zones. Example: Endurance - Z3. Should I stay in power zones 1-3, or heart rate zones 1-3?

    I am looking forward to your answers.



    Hello S.S. ~

    By design, you can use heart rate Zone 3 or power Zone 3 if you have a power meter. The instructions in the supporting documents help clarify heart rate and power zones.

    If you are using heart rate, a tip that helps make the intervals in the plan (which will appear in the next couple of weeks) go better is to aim for the low end of the heart rate zone when beginning the interval. Allow heart rate to climb slowly over the course of the interval time. That procedure helps you from over-shooting the top of the zone.

    Let me know if you have further questions.





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