Friday, September 10, 2010

Foo Fighters - The Pretender

This is my interval training song in spin class. Love it.

I didn't flatline.

Yesterday was just such a great day, I would have to rank it right up there. I finished it off with meeting up with Eoin and Jaydub who are not only fellow blogger friends but also Daily Mile friends. It was almost a surreal experience and they are just the loveliest guys. Eoin loaned me his book called "Heart Monitor Training for the Compleat Idiot" by John L. Parker, Jr.
See, I didn't spell the word "complete" wrong. This book speaks about how to get the best out of your training by using your HR as a guide. I will be reading it from cover to cover to help me get the best out of my running when it begins in earnest. Anyway when I went to bed last night I was the happiest girl in the universe. Nothing, and I mean nothing could wipe the grin from my face and happiness I had inside.

So I woke up this morning ready to tackle the world in my spin class and use my HR monitor to see what my body was doing. And to my surprise my ticker coped really well during my hard class.
  • During intervals I maxed at 138bpm
  • During hills I maxed at 146bpm
  • During the mountain climb I maxed at 157 for 2secs and then recovered to the early 140's
  • During active recovery I was a happy 118-late 120's.
And I also woke up with a resting heart rate of 54bpm. Looks like my body is holding up to the rigors of spin class. I am happy with the results. So no sooner did I finish class I rushed back home to quickly shower, cause I stunk big time and headed to physio.

I saw Steve the boss this time and oh boy did I get a working over on my lower back. Hurt like nothing else I have ever felt but in saying that now that I am sitting here typing, my back feels remarkably loose and the nerve pain has settled. So no core work over the weekend, but I can cycle and swim. Great news cause now I get to test out the wetsuit in the water versus on land.
Do I look the part?

Your hard work will be rewarded.

"The path to a dream is paved with sacrifices and lined with determination. And though it has many stumbling blocks along the way, and may go in more than one direction, it is travelled by belief and courage and conquered with a willingness to face challenges and take chances" Barbara Cage