A little track work
On the weekends some friends and I have been hitting a local track to work on intervals. It is so far out of my comfort zone, especially since I am the slowest runner there, but so badly what I need.
1 mile warm-up at an easy pace, 400m hard, 800m, 400m hard, 12 stadium stair runs, then a 400m jog to cool down. Nothing like interval running to get that heart rate up.
Not a bad start to the day and I feel so much better once its over. Total distance on the Garmin was a touch over 2 miles. It felt like we were out there for much longer than we were. Despite waking up feeling like I had been hit by a truck and wanting to bail out, I felt good once I got going and was pretty happy to review the Garmin info and see my pace.
Best part was being promoted to lead the new pace group.
2nd Group Ride
Yesterday I went out on my second group ride. I was a little nervous because one of the guys I knew was an amazing biker. I figured he would totally slaughter me, which in certain areas he did. However, this guy was one of the nicest guys I have met. Instead of using the ride to blast me, he stayed with me a good bit, slowing down so I could keep up, and giving me great tips and pointers on riding. I have had so much fun biking but the people really make it even better. This guy was no exception to that.
This biking community is pretty cool, actually. When we got back to the bike store we started from, people stopped and talked. Everyone is so friendly and that makes a huge difference to a beginner like me. I hope to be able to do the same when I get more experience under my belt.
As for the results of the ride, I spent most of the time sucking wind behind bikers better than me. But I really wouldn’t want it any other way. Each time they pulled away I kept thinking to myself “keep going” and “catch up”. When they stopped to regroup my whole goal was for them to not have to wait very long for me at all.
Also, I got a little mod that lets me strap my 310XT on the bike as well as a cadence/speed sensor. Coupled with my heart rate monitor, I feel like I now have plenty of electronic monitoring devices strapped to me to classify me as a division of the FBI or CIA.
Here are the results of the ride:
The 3 guys I went with, I know that at least two of them averaged 18+ and they were taking it easy because they are doing a really hard ride today. I still have plenty of work to do. We also fought some really nasty winds which made it more difficult. I was told that given the weather and the fact that this was only my second group ride that I did pretty good. So I will take this a victory and keep on going. Loving this biking thing so far.
CF + HR
WOD - 15 minute AMRAP:
- 10 deadlifts (RX = 1/2 body weight; Beast = body weight)
- 10 push-ups
- 20 GHD sit-ups
- 200m run
This was actually Thursdays WOD and after reading it I was a little bummed that I couldn’t do it (can’t get in there on Tues/Thurs because of my schedule) so myself and one other guy opted to give this a shot instead of the regularly scheduled WOD. Since we have a few new Rogue GHDs in the box (these things are awesome), we went with those instead of situps. Made it through 5 rounds even. Great workout and oddly enough I felt most relaxed during the push-ups.
I wore my heart rate monitor and Garmin to see what those numbers would look like during a workout.
I already love having the Garmin. So much more information than what I was used to seeing with Nike+. Don’t get me wrong, the Nike+ thing was great, but the data that the Garmin device gives me is just volumes better. In fact, I am going at lunch to have a speed/cadence bike sensor added to the bike!