I am definitely feeling better today. I can tell because I woke up early on my own before the alarm. Overall even with being sort of sick it has been a good week. Riding on the track stand again, getting some small runs in and doing some short weight workouts all have me feeling like I am going in the right direction again.
Yesterday evening I rode the bike to Manitou so that I could go and do the Incline. I tried to keep my heart rate between 130 and 140 BPM. More importantly I was tying to find out what that range actually felt like relative to the level of effort pedaling. Anyway the ride to Manitou was fun even if it was a touch chilly.
The incline was okay. The full moon made the trip more interesting but I had to stand on the brakes a bit to prevent myself from overtaxing my lungs. Made it to the top in 42 minutes which I feel is about right all things considered.
The run down Barr Trail was awesome and for the first time in a long time I felt like I was actually having a good run which was a treat. About a mile and half from the depot I ran into a older guy going down the trail in the dark who was completely without a light. Even with the moon the trail was not that illuminated and I could tell as I pulled up beside him that he was not having fun. I gave him my backup handheld led light from my pack to use. He asked how he could get it back to me and I told him that I would be at Kinfolks for a bit and that he could stop in and drop it off.
Of course I am a cynic and I don't have much faith in humans typically so I didn't really count on seeing my light again and if I didn't no big deal. But I'll be damned if he didn't eventually show up and return the light to me. Pretty cool!
Annie texted me the coolest saying last night. I am not sure of the original source but she sent, "Don't let anyone tell you that you are too young to accomplish anything, a baby shark is still a fucking shark."
That text really made me smile!
Tomorrow is December first. Leadman training offically starts, finally!
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Heart-rate training is interesting (to me at least) but it's tough to keep low on climbs. For example in the high country I can keep it below 150 above treeline but I'm basically at a crawl and it sort of ruins the run. George Zack commented something to the effect that you have to make special allowances for hills, I would agree.
I agree... HR stuff is black magic, voodoo, "stew meat and puppets" to me. It is something that I have shied away from my whole life and am now just starting to learn about. I haven't been trying to stay in any zones running this fall but have just been looking at the data afterwards to sorta see what happens. But I feel it will be an integral part of my training the next several months and I hope to learn a lot. I already suspect that most of my running has always been below my HR potential. We will see. It will be fun to learn more stuff.ReplyDelete