Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tuesday And Wednesday

Nothing really spectacular. Just some quality work. Tuesday was an easy 90 minute bike. I decided not to run because of time constraints and I usually like to do an imbedded "vertical" set in the middle of my hour long Tuesday run. But do to my unexpected quality 5k session in the midst of Monday's run I decided to call it a day after cycling.

Wednesday was supposed to be a MAF run on the track, but I got a call from my buddy DuShun asking if I wanted to go ride. Up to this point all of my rides have been at heart rates below 135bpm and averaging about 124bpm for most sessions. DuShun, the most gifted cyclist I have ever seen anywhere with a max heart rate somewhere near 220 at 43 is not someone to ride with if you intend on watching your heart rate.

So I was tempted to leave my monitor at home. What I wound up doing instead was wearing it and ignoring the numbers that flashed across my screen.

All in all, I was pleasantly surprised. I wound up keeping pace with him on all but the steepest climbs and was able to bridge back up to him easily on the flats. This tells me my strength training is paying off. What I have lost is the efficient, high cadence that can allow me to climb at a pace that can match his. I don't know if I'll ever have the power he can generate, but with better endurance, strength and technique riding with him won't destroy me.

This ride sort of reminded of Monday's run because I pushed harder than even I expected (DuShun had called promising an easy ride in order to allow his sore knee to recover). But I was able to both hang on and push the pace dealing out my share of punishment too. I lost the final sprint, but I didn't go down without a fight. It's shaping up to be a great 2010 already. Train well!


Mark said...

He's back! Glad to see you are back at it hombre. I have put off the strength training a little too much the last couple of months. When my training started for Ironman, I just get so consumed. Little time for weights, but what an incredible difference when I do. Good luck with the training!

Fred (aka ace) said...

Hey Mark I don't really have time to do a lot of weight training either. And there are only 2 reasons I do some of my leg stuff in the gym. 1. I can walk across the parking lot at work to get to the gym on my lunch hour. 2. Last year I discovered the strength in my left leg was lower than my right. So I used the weights to tell me how much the difference was and to show if I was making progress.

Now that the leg strength balance issue is taken care of I will do more body weight work which I've found more beneficial and less time consuming. I also don't need as long to recover.

Anyway thanks for stopping by to check on me!