After getting some great information from fellow Bloggers!!(keyword: FitRecovery), I took that advice and used it. Man, what a difference.
It took me a few tries, as I ran into issues I have heard of others having, where the Saddle has “detents” for the angle/pitch adjustment.
This took some time, as I had to remove the Saddle Bag. the adjustment bolt was TQ’d to 22KN(kilo-newtons). After getting off and on the bike what seemed like one thousand times, I finally got my sit bones to where they felt solid on the seat- without feeling like I was going to slide forward or was putting pressure “elsewhere”. Using a 3 foot level I have, I was able to verify the the Seat(and the floor haha) was Level. I had marked where the forward and rear portions of the seat clamp rested- so I was able to get that set back the way it was.
I snugged the Seat Bolt back up using the German Torque- “GhuudunTiiit”. Even got a nice positive click out of my elbow. I’ll get it Torqued to the recommended specs the next time I hit up the Cycling Shop. For now, I feel it is snug and not going anywhere, and I don’t think I tightened it too much.
After I was able to get it straight and level I then got in a 2 hour Training Ride on the Trainer.
This was an enjoyable ride, right up until Pete called for some play action(grr).
I was able to maintain a very steady average HR of 151 for the duration of the ride, but my cadence was a bit slower than I wanted- as it averaged 84 RPM.
The first 15 minutes were just a warm-up and I kept my HR relatively low at 140. With a very easy Gear and higher Cadence. After this I picked up the Gear and kept the Cadence fairly high(86 ish) with good breathing control. I kept this up for about another 40 minutes.
I seemed to hit a “sweet-spot” at around the 1 hour mark and picked up the Cadence with no real change in HR and continued to breath smoothly. At this point my cadence peaked at around 95 for a good 10-15 minutes. HR was strong and steady in the 148-152 range, and my breathing, while labored, was not an obstacle.
After this, I seemed to die down and bit. I let the Cadence drop as the HR tried to climb, until I eventually had to gear down to keep a higher than 80 Cadence.
Another 30 minutes or so saw almost no change in exertion(perceived) and HR and Cadence were both very solid.
The last 10 minutes I was able to pick the higher gear back up and still maintain a goal setting 95 Cadence, with HR never getting above 154.
All in all, I felt this was a very good Training Ride. I can feel that as I continue to put on the miles, I can stay “stronger longer”(giggle worthy), keep my breathing a bit more steady, and keep my HR very close to exactly where I want it.
I am looking forward to the next Training Ride, but my next physical activity will be a 5-6 mile Run tomorrow evening. I’ll post on that later.
For now, thanks for reading and leave an comments or questions!!