|Reza Ali ReActivated|
I’m pushing on with my swimming drills today and I’m determined to get over some of the issues I’ve been having with swimming (see here for a post on my current swimming issues). I’ve been swimming every night for the last 4 days now focussing on drills and techniques that I found on the internet and I think it seems to be paying off.
When I did find an opening I started with my usual stuff:
Superman glide 2x50m
I wrote earlier today about my bike setup. After my swim I decided to continue with a session on the bike trainer. I wanted to spend some time to get a feel for the new setup. Well, maybe not so new as the only think I changed was the saddle height.
I started slowly using the programme I created on the Polar RS 800:
Phase 1 Warm up 15 minutes
Phase 2 Moderate 10 minutes
Phase 3 Warm down 15 minutes
I focussed a lot on shifting my body weight from pedal to pedal making sure I pay attention to the 1 to 3 o’clock position. I feel a bit more relaxed on the bike now that I’ve shortened the saddle height. I also pushed the saddle as fas to the front as I can. I can feel the pedals being smoother than before and I also noticed that it doesn’t take as much effort now then when I started. Like my running I am not concerned about my pace at the moment. This year is not about pace. it’s about endurance and technique.
These are the Polar RS 800 data:
Time 40 minutes
Average Heart Rate 65% MHR
Calories 418 kcal
Average cadence 68 (note average cadence was 73 for Phase 2)
Total distance 12.52 km
I found it extremely tough to push my heart rate to reach 80% MHR. I would have needed to pedal at a much higher cadence if I wanted to push my heart rate that high. I read in the book ‘Precision Heart Rate Training’ that different intensity applies to cycling when compared to running. To find out what my intensity levels are I need to do a lactate threshold test. I’ll write about it more when I get to actually do the test.
Tomorrow, I am hoping to venture out into the world with my bike. I’ve been training indoors since I got my bike and the only time I bike outdoors is on my Dahon folding bike.
It’s up at 6 and riding for an hour on the roads. Wish me luck. To all drivers, please drive safely….