Field Test to set your Heart Rate and/or Power Training Zones for MTB, Cyclocross, and Road

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Training Load By Week
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Training Load By Week

Use this one week guide to establish your heart rate and/or power training zones. It will take you step by step in performing a field test and how to interpret the data you receive. A heart rate monitor and/or a power meter is required. Whether you have previous data or not, this will help those determine their current zones.

Sample Day 2
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EM

EM - Endurance Miles - Keep the average power/HR of the ride in the middle of Zone 2 and the low side of 3, keep the cadence high (70+) and stay seated on climbs. This can be done on either the MTB, CX, or Road Bike.

Sample Day 3
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Sweet Spot

Sweet Spot hits the upper end of Tempo and lower end of Threshold. On the HFC Power/HR Zone Worksheet this is Zone 3/4. Keep the cadence higher than 75 and terrain should be flat to rolling.

Sample Day 4
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EM

EM - Endurance Miles - Keep the average power/HR of the ride in the middle of Zone 2 and the low side of 3, keep the cadence high (70+) and stay seated on climbs. This can be done on either the MTB, CX, or Road Bike.

Sample Day 6
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Openers

Complete 4x 30sec all out efforts, with 1 min rest between each one. The rest of the ride should be in Zone 2.

Sample Day 7
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FIELD TEST

The Hold Fast Coaching Field Test is used to determine your heart rate and/or power training zones.After a 15 minute warm up of easy riding perform the following sequence…1) 3 x 30 second all out efforts with 3 minutes rest between efforts. 2) 5 minutes easy spinning3) 20 minute time trial effort4) 10 minute cool downIt is best to use a location free of traffic and intersections. Terrain should be on flat roads or on a sustained climbed. Avoid drastically changing terrain and downhills. When starting the 20 minute effort, pay close attention to your initial effort. You’re better off starting a little easier and finishing strong rather than going to hard at the start. Don’t forget to hit your lap/interval button on your computer for all of the segments listed above.Field Test:15min Warm Up30sec All Out3min Easy Spinning 30sec All Out3min Easy Spinning 30sec All Out5min Easy Spinning20min Time Trial10min Cool Down

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Hold Fast Coaching

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