OK, so. Hot topic of the day…. TRAINING!!
I have done the same inter-web searches as everyone else. So here is my run down for my “I’m gonna train” plan.
I do not have a Power Meter- and, for now, one isn’t on the horizon.
I do have a
WAHOO RFLKT Bike PC
Cadence Sensor(on the left side if that matters) also from WAHOO
Phone(connects to the PC)- the app does the usual GPS tracking and such
Heart Rate Monitor(connects to Phone)
Two water Bottles- a larger volume, insulated, and a smaller, non-insulated one
The “will” to learn, both from other sources- online, advice given, and from my own experiences.
With that said. I have been reading up on using the Heart Rate Monitor to Ride to “Zones” or “HR Levels”. From what I understand so far, this is to workout different types of fuel consumption-like fat at lower HR Zones and carbohydrates at higher HR’s. This will help to increase my ability to ride longer and train my body to use fuel efficiently. I have also been adjusting my gearing to accommodate an average Cadence of around 80-95.
My experience with this has been a bit mixed. By that, I mean that I have ridden four different rides to specific Heart Rates. Two were at higher Heart Rates, and I was able to maintain a steady exertion, keeping my cadence where I wanted it. The two lower HR Rides where a different story. I couldn’t keep my HR steady at the level I wanted it without adjusting my Cadence- idk if it might just be an aerobic issue at keeping that kind of speed on my legs. I also feel more tired after the Lower HR Rides(even for the same or similar duration). This may be because I am just not used to training like that at all.
I plan on continuing this for at least a few more rides. I want to get used to it a bit more and make sure that what i have been feeling so far isn’t just inexperience. I have also obtained a trainer from a friend! This will be thrown into the mix for training and saddle time. I have not yet, but will be researching training videos to watch while on it. And or programs to use for metrics to aim for during training rides on it.
My next training ride is later today- at a lower HR. I guess I should define that. By “Lower”, I’m talking sub-150 HR. “High”, so far, has been around 165+. I know this seems high, but even my Half Marathon running pace is an average of 171.
And here we go!