Friday, 14 January 2011

14 Jan. Ride the Red stallion

I enjoyed having the day off. I felt relaxed and happy. Part of what made today great was my older son giving a beautiful violin concert this evening. The other part was an indoor ride for 80 minutes.  A very sweaty ride. I tried out an  interval course that had a series of 10 minute climbs - 1%, 2%, 3% and finally 4%, separated by a 3 minute flat recovery period and a little downhill bit before the 4 % interval.  

Today's sweaty ride made me remember back when I was trying to regain my fitness a couple years ago. I didn't sweat.  Moving was uncomfortable and possible at a high heart rate zone.    Getting into form is much tougher than maintaining it.  I don't know what the physiology is behind not sweating. I imagine my body was quite inefficient at cooling itself, or perhaps I couldn't work hard enough or long enough? It certainly didn't feel that good.  I can see now the reason trainers will tell new people not to try too hard, but to just keep at it. Eventually I broke through to the other side. 

I love riding with the TACX - a video display gives you power, cadence, speed, heart rate - in coloured graphs. I can enjoy the ride twice - once on the red stallion and then while analyszing the ride.  

Thanks for reading and leaving comments. That's been once of the nicest parts of janathon - a great feeling of community.  I wish I could figure out if blogger has a reply feature. Please know that I feel uplifted by every comment.  Thanks.


  1. 80 minute ride, great effort. Well sone to your son on his musical performance

  2. I have trouble with sweating... even now... it means that I really struggle with training in hot weather, unfortunately causing an embarassing wobble at a race in June! I like your indoor bike... I've not seen an exercise bike like that before :-)

  3. I have no problem sweating! It's a good thing Chris.
    I'd hate to say this but you won't get very far on that bike! It's broke I'm afraid :o)
    Keep up the exercise, you're doing really well.

  4. I really need to start eering my glasses when I post. Edit prof repeaf

  5. I never used to sweat either! At the time I decided it was a super power, turns out tisn't. Keep up the good work!

  6. i read somewhere once that the better shape you are in, the more you sweat. i like to believe it.


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