Ask the Expert: Is Zone 3 a “no man’s land”?

Kristin from South Carolina asked a great question about training in Zone 3. She asked, “I have been reading a lot about zone three being ‘no mans land’ or the ‘trash zone’, that zone 3 requires more recovery than zone 2 but the body does not improve much in this zone. Too high for recovery and too low for threshold/lactic tolerance workouts. Can you maybe cover this somehow? Thank you very much!

This is an excellent question, Kristin.


  1. As a relatively new instructor (less than a year, although long-time indoor and outdoor cyclist) I love information like this and can’t wait to read more about this topic.

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