Struggling to stay in Zones when riding outside

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    Randoendgame
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    I am a new subscriber to the multi-day event plan as I am a longtime ultra-distance rider ( Randonneur). I use power and do most of my riding outside. I am struggling with keeping my power in Zone 2 during the long 50+ minute intervals. Between the terrain and staying situationally aware I am at times popping above or below the zone.  I like switching my routes up and don’t want to get stuck doing one flat route. For example, on a 50-minute Zone 2 interval, my data shows that I was in that zone 80% of the time. My normalized power for the interval was in the range. Would be ok to use normalized power to measure results or is there something else I could be doing?

    Thank You

    #20769
    coachanne
    Keymaster

    There are so many variables that can affect the zones we are trying to stay in, terrain being one of them.

    Yes, it is perfectly ok if you are popping out of the zone for a hill or other factors.  The goal is to stay in the zone as much as possible; however short spikes out of the zone will not be a significant issue.  The bottom line is that your average power should be within Zone 2 for the prescribed interval.

    I hope that helps!

    Coach Anne

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