For a long time I thought that running is way harder than biking. I know it is like comparing apples to oranges, but I tend to automatically rank and compare things in my mind.
A little way back I started training with heart rate. I have been working mainly in zone 2, but today I had some zone 3 and 4 intervals. Holy Batman! First, it took me about 5 minutes to get in zone 3, and once there, sweat started pouring off of me (despite the fact that I had turned the heat down and there were 54 degrees in the room). I had a couple of repeats in zone 4, which meant that I had to work the big gears at an over 90 RPM to get there. I can't imagine ever going into zone 5. Time moved so slowly and I could not concentrate on watching TV because my pace and HR would slow down.
I also have never experienced a trainer induced endorphin kick, but after 2 hours this morning, I felt invincible! I think this HR stuff is very good for me. It makes me work the bike, something that I don't think I really did before! And, amazingly, my 3x10 (1.5 miles) @ 10K pace this evening hurt, but did not kill me. And I managed to stay away from the treadmill. Thank you, Arlington, for plowing the bike path!
Building a clock
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