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.