Sunday, October 14, 2012

A mountain of questions?


  • Why no new posts?
  • Are you okay?
  • Where have you gone?
  • Do aliens really exist?

Okay, no one has really asked me the last question, but the rest, yes.  So I took a much appreciated "business trip" in the company of my wife to Italy and Germany.  I call it a business trip because technically I had to work (4 hours) out of the 12 days I was gone.  But that being said, it was also the first vacation that my wife and I have taken by ourselves since we got married (17 years ago.)

But during our awesome adventure, I once again, got the opportunity to hike in the Alps in Southern Germany.  If you ever get the opportunity to do so, I strongly encourage you to do so because you can hike from town to town, carrying very little because you can stay in little hostels along the way.  I didn't get to do any of that type of hiking this time, but I will someday.



But since I was in the mountains, I had a mountain of questions in my inbox, and a mountain of political advertisements (along with other things) in my mail when I returned, I thought it only appropriate to do a strength ride.  So let's climb some mountains!


PhotobucketThis was the view from the peaks of one mountains I was hiking on.  Awesome right?

The snow peaked mountains in the far background put you in Austria, south of Munich, Germany.







Now for refresher about the ride profiles, the type of ride is defined by the heart rate response, so for this to be a strength ride (SEZ) then we need to push our heart rate into and maintain a pretty steady rate in the 75%-85% MHR.  I tend to push my clients (and myself) to the upper limit of the range, but feel free to lighten the resistance to stay at the lower level.  Also remember, that since it's the heart rate response that's important, we can lighten the resistance (not always climbing) IF we compensate with speed or other movements to maintain the heart rate.  This allows the participants to vary their ride, preventing saddle sores, and mitigating boredom.

This is the targeted heart rate response.
Notice no spikes above 85% MHR.

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