Following training camp last weekend I arrived home and quickly exported my Garmin files to my coach. I was eager to see what he thought of my bike and run. Would he notice that I am listening and was actually increasing my RPM’s on the bike as he instructed? Would he notice that I ran my run rather than blowing up from chasing the lead group down? Well he has these fancy programs that can basically take this information and show how long you were in certain HR zones. What was so great about seeing this is that it gave a clear picture that I need to still work on not “racing” on my bike.
Fast forward to Tuesday where I headed out to test this with my instructed HR zone. Not as easy as it would seem when you know you can hammer it, when you are taunted by another rider to race, and where you are passed by others when you know you can go much faster. Still, I am listening and learning and as I finished my ride and transitioned into my run I felt great. Even after all of it was said and done my bike average was just about on target for the normal average pace for that same ride on those roads.
Wild to think that by keeping things even I actually can still cover the same ground at almost the same pace but feel SO MUCH BETTER.
Do you see the light bulb coming on?
So this weekend I will be truly putting this to the test. Nothing like a 5 hour ride followed by a 1 hour run to truly see the magic unfold.