Sunday, December 16, 2012

Up where the air is thin

One of my Facebook friends (Addicted to Cycling) from the other side of the planet posted this picture the other day, and aside from the shear insanity of it, I was in awe.

Pushing your body to perform, in thermal clothing, at altitudes where the air is thinning.  On second thought, maybe you have to be a little light headed to be riding a bike there anyway.

So that was my inspiration for today's strength ride.  Typically I like to be right around 80-83% on my SEZ rides for my heart rate.  But for this one I want you to be right at your threshold, for me that's sitting right at 87%, for you, it's just below the point where you go anaerobic (just before you lose control of your breath).

Some of the hills on today's profile have you in the saddle progressively longer, some of them are long and slow, which means you really have to be generous with the resistance to maintain that constant heart rate.  Regardless of the instruction set, if you start to lose control of your breath, it's your job to change it up to stay aerobic.

Have fun and look forward to my post on Friday morning.  I've picked up an additional class time and will be doing something different at the big box gym than I've done in the past.  We'll be doing several planned weeks of base building, building up to a Race Day ride.  I typically stay away from the RDEZ because it's too much for the general population, so this is for a group of people willing to work and build with me.  Good stuff as we get ready for a new year.

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