Sunday, 7 November 2010
In the Zone
Going backwards to go forwards, that's what it feels like when you are heart rate zone training. As I ambled along the leafy Cheshire lanes on The Unicorn today, I had plenty of time to think about the outcomes I wanted from my Winter training plan. One of them was riding straight up Mow Cop on the Cheshire Cat sportive in the Spring, the other was to get my weight down to around 14 stone (196 pounds), I currently sit around 210 Ibs.
Knocking out fifty base miles, in the aerobic zone, meant I averaged around 12.5mph all said and done. It's funny, I had my eyes fixed on my Garmin 705 screen, where I'd set the screen up to prominently show me my heart rate zone and an audible alarm when I went into Heart Rate Zone 3. I found myself going up and down the gears, every time it went too low or too high. Anytime I crept into heart rate zone 3, it was slow down, spin and get the old ticker under control.
Checking my stats out when I got back vs. a previous ride of a similar distance, my average speed is around 20-25% slower than I would usually ride. Calorie wise it was around 20% less burned, however, the difference being that I didn't need to fuel with carbohydrates on the ride to replace any defecit that I would normally get, by riding harder and faster. Arriving home, my legs felt fresh and I guzzled down a bottle of Rego, just as a precaution (don't want any more viruses or colds).
At one point, three guys whizzed past me and I was really tempted to just up the ante and get on the back of their group, they were doing about 20mph. I didn't. Opting to just gently spin the pedals whilst I watched them disappear in the distance.
After my second base mile ride, it's starting to sink in. I've firmly got my eye on the bigger picture. Lot's of steady miles, with minimal effort, building up to higher levels of effort as the winter progresses. Main objective is weight loss, before anything else, so I can improve my climbing in 2011. To do that, it's diet, training in the aerobic zone all mixed up with a little dash of commitment.