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  • This is the benefit of HR training

     HarryB updated 11 years, 7 months ago 2 Members · 3 Posts
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  • HarryB

    17 October 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Did an interesting experiment yesterday and today. I rode the same 85km route both days to conduct an experiment with my HR training plan.

    It’s quite complicated but stick with it.

    Because of the crap weather this week I had to do turbo sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. I did 90 mins on Wednesday with my HR in my endurance zone of 131-141. It felt quite tough considering it was only an hour. On Thursday I did another endurance ride (131-141) on the turbo but this time it was on a VR course that was very hilly. At the end of it I felt knackered.

    Now, if I wasn’t religiously following a HR programme I’d have gone out on Friday and ridden at a normal steady pace. But my HR plan told me that I needed to do an easy recovery/base ride (100-130) so that’s what I did. It was Ok but didn’t feel as easy as it should so I did the same route today as another recovery/base ride.

    To say the results were staggering is an understatement.

    My Friday ride took me 3hrs 47 minutes. The same ride on Saturday took me 3hrs 33 minutes. A not to be sneezed at 14 minutes difference.

    But here’s the really interesting bit. My average HR for the faster ride was 115. The average for the slower ride was 118.

    There are other interesting stats from the two rides but probably too complicated to go into.

    The top and bottom of it is that I managed to go 14 minutes faster over the same course with less effort. The reason is that I had listened to my body (via my HR information) and used the information to tailor my training.

    Earlier this year I was training too hard and not getting any better.

    Slowly. slowly, catchy monkey. or something like that.

    Rest day tomorrow and weather permitting I should go very fast on Monday with very little effort

  • Gunner

    17 October 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Earlier this year I was training too hard and not getting any better.

    So it looks like it’s all coming together Harry.

    As per the above quote, I need to spend some time reviewing my own training programme. Unlike your H/R programme mine is time based, and at the moment is working quite well, in terms of getting me out and riding, and controlling my weight, however, I have the conflict of interests with the weights on one hand, and the MTB on the other………plus there is not the competitive aspect for me, such as the Sportive Event placings for you.

    But back to you, I think it’s a fantastic thing to be able to listen to your body and something very difficult, particularly when you are taking your waking pulse and it is elevated and you know you should be easing off a little, that takes commitment.

  • HarryB

    17 October 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Gunner, I was exactly the same as you a year ago when I was trying to combine rowing and cycling. I was doing too much. hard sessions weren’t hard enough and easy sessions were not easy enough.

    It’s very hard to go out and take it easy when you are naturally competitive. Today was very, very easy and I know that my resting HR tomorrow will be as low as it’s been for a week or more

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