What is your goal for the year? Is it big enough to excite you? Is it small enough that you believe you will accomplish it before the year is out? If you answered yes to both, the “it” is in the sweet spot and you will likely make it happen! What happens if you attain your goal early in the year?
Monitoring your heart rate in real time can help to know your current effort, and know when to push a little harder or ease up. Although it may not be as concrete of a number as a power meter it can still be useful for those who are looking into upping their training to gain strength, endurance, or doing watch their effort while on a recovery ride.