I am using the 24 week Mountaineering Plan from the Training Peaks. Previously my Steep Uphill workout question was clarified by Scott Johnston in favor of StairMaster as the available terrain was not suitable.
Now I have a similar question this time regarding the Hiking hilly terrain workouts of the plan which are like 3-4 hours long in duration. As described in the workout I run the flats and hike as necessary to keep the pulse @ AeT. However the attached elevation profile is where I do these hikes the distance is roughly 15 km and at end I gain an elevation of 790 meters.
First of all is this suitable given the fact that the mountains are like 3 hrs drive away ( which makes a 6 hr drive while hoping there isn’t any major traffic around).
1) Are there things I can do to get a better training effect if I am to use this location (i.e increase the duration of workout, or repeat the hilly portions instead of running the flat parts)
2) Or am I better served for training effects by spending my time on the boring Stairmaster ?