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It feels really good to be getting back into the training groove again. It has been a pretty fabulous week, I feel refreshed and focused and ready to tackle the 2012 season (258 days until Ironman Mont Tremblant).
Sharpie tried to kill me earlier this week by asking me to do a run test to determine my heart rate (HR) thresholds.
On a track.
I almost died of boredom.
And almost had a heart attack. I had to bust my buns out there!
I sent Carole my numbers and she helped me extrapolate my HR zones. She explained everything so clearly – I was again struck by thankfulness that I am fortunate enough to have her for a coach. I really have a better understanding of why building an aerobic base is so important, and how HR training fits into that.
SO anyway…Sometime mid-week it hit me, I have never specifically HR trained. I mean, I wore a HR monitor and recorded my Max HR and my Avg HR on Daily Mile.
That was fun. And fairly useless.
I wasn’t really doing anything with it. Just recording the numbers, noting occasionally that when my heart rate neared 200 I was breathing pretty hard and it was hurting and I was about to pass out.
So then I make the next jump and realize that this means is that I really have NEVER been aerobically fit!
WHAT?? I stopped and thought about it.
I have never made myself into that aerobic machine that keeps on going and going…I have always been more like that scrappy dog that refuses to come back when chasing a rabbit, to dumb to slow down just because it hurts.
This is pretty exciting stuff for me, I have to admit because I think this means that I have some potential.
I am not sure what, but at least to become more fit than I ever have been.
The truth is, I am really having to swallow my pride in doing heart rate training for the first time. I am TRYING not to look at pace.
This is tough to do when your HR monitor is on a GPS whose main function is to tell you how fast and far you are going…and all internet training sites happily spit the pace directly in your face after you enter your time and distance.
The truth is, it is like getting a new toy.
Or no. Wait…
It is like finding a toy that you always had but didn’t think was that cool until someone showed you how to use it…then you realize that it really is the coolest thing ever.
I am loving it, it is a whole new challenge. More importantly, I am loving running again. Running and I really had some issues last year. I changed our relationship status to “it’s complicated” on Facebook for a while, now we are back to “in a relationship”.
There are tons of books/articles out there about Heart Rate Training. If you want to get your toes wet, I recommend THIS BOOK by Joe Friel or THIS ARTICLE by Mark Allen. They explain it WAY better than I ever could.