The Importance of Endurance Rides and Heart Rate
Getting a Heart Rate monitor for your Peloton is most useful for endurance workouts. (The Peloton is equipped with the Garmin ANT+ system.)
We all know how to push ourselves to out-of-breath in a high intensity class, but can we sustain a workout at a low heart rate zone? And why is that important?
Here's a work from Ben Greenfiend's website on nerd fitness,
"Training above this intensity Zone 2 will not significantly overload your slow-twitch fibers, which you are attempting to train to become more efficient at using fat and oxygen to produce energy while conserving carbohydrate stores. If you don't have a physically active job or aren't able to spend lots of time on your feet during the day, this intensity is important for training the body to use fat as a fuel, especially for individuals who compete in events lasting more than two hours. Although it will be difficult to keep your intensity low on these days, if you've decided that you have lots of time on your hands and the type of training you want to do is primarily aerobic (vs. interval based training), then performing your endurance efforts at a higher intensity than Zone 2 will reduce the effectiveness of your harder workouts on subsequent days by fatiguing muscle and depleting carbohydrate stores in fast-twitch muscle. This can lead to overtraining and injury."
Now while you may not be interested in training for an event that is over two hours, who doesn't want to teach their body to use fat as fuel or to speed the recovery/lower their inflammation?