I had a similar experience: until fairly recently, I was walking more than five hours per week, all at <Z1 intensity. I counted this as active recovery as I didn’t think the intensity or duration were sufficient to count it as training.
Recently I started a new job which is a 30 min walk from where I live. I make that walk 6-10 times a week, so accounting for time spent waiting for lights and such it comes to 2.5 – 4 hours a week of just walking quickly.
I’m not sure how to log it. I can’t get into zone one on the flats without running, and there is only one 30m hill on the way home that gets my hr up at all so it’s just recovery at best, and on the light side for even that compared to what I usually do.
I’m currently earlyish in an extended TFTNA style base period, training about 15.5 hours a week. Devoting 4 hours of that to recovery seems like a lot, and perhaps counterproductive. It’s also making it hard to get as much vert as I was before with the entirety of my training time devoted to longer deliberate efforts. This makes me feel like I’m losing quality and useful specificity.
I know I should probably log stuff like this somehow, but weighting it equally to zone one work just feels wrong. How do others log this kind of semi-training time? Am I just falling into the ‘training should feel harder than this’ trap?