I haven’t gotten around to look at any information on training with heart rate zones yet. But that hasn’t stopped me from training! I had a fantastic weekend, for training and just for fun too. On Friday after work, I swam 3500 yards right after work. I made up the workout, which included a ton of pulling with a pull buoy and a fair amount of kicking too. I also worked in all the other strokes as well, so that was pretty fun. I forgot my heart rate monitor at home, so I don’t have any workout stats, but I felt like I was working fairly hard nonetheless.
Later in the evening, in the pouring rain, we drove down to Curtis’s dad’s lake cottage. What a gorgeous place! We got up fairly early on Saturday morning and went for a very humid run. I did a total of 70 minutes, but that was broken up with a bathroom break in the middle. I actually felt really good during the second half of the run. It’s amazing to me how far I’ve come with running just since the beginning of this year! I never would have thought I’d consider myself a runner, but I kind of do. 🙂 Stats for the run (paused during the break):
Average heart rate: 165
Max heart rate: 185
Early in the afternoon, storm clouds started rolling in and we started hearing thunder in the distance. There were torrential downpours until 4 or 5, so we spent the time inside hanging out and visiting. After the rain finally stopped, we headed down to the beach area of the lake to go for a swim. I made up an imaginary course of about 700 meters, I’m guessing. I sighted on a white boat with a blue awning and then a flagpole with an American flag and the third sighting was on the dock. Curtis swam with me, and did about half the distance and waited for me back at the dock with his cousins and sister.
Average heart rate: 153
Max heart rate: 165
I felt pretty good in the water, and I’m glad I got a little open water practice in, even if it was only a short swim. I did learn that I only need to be sighting about once every 9-12 strokes to stay in a straight line. Hopefully I’ll get in a little more open water practice before the tri. Nation’s should have pretty good sight-lines, the finish is sighted on the Washington Monument!
The rest of the evening was pretty relaxing, we had a cookout for dinner and then afterwards went to meet the family’s new horse. We didn’t stay at the barn long though, it was already dark so just long enough to get him settled in.
Sunday morning, Curtis and I got up and got our bikes ready for our 2.5 hour ride. Since it had rained on our bikes all the way down and they had gotten rained on Saturday, they needed a little TLC. Curtis also had to change his tube on his rear tire again. Last week, I picked up some chain lube at the LBS, it’s called Rock N Roll, and it’s actually a combination cleaner and lubricant in one. Wow, it did wonders for my bike. All I did was dry the chain off, and remove as much of the excess water from the rain as possible. Then, turned my bike upside down to rest it on its handlebars and saddle and applied a steady stream of the liquid to the chain while back pedaling. After the whole chain was lubricated, I continued to backpedal the tires for several seconds. Then I removed the excess liquid from the chain, and voila! as good as new! I followed this procedure for the first time last week, and could not believe how much smoother my ride felt. I will definitely be using this product again in the future and regularly to keep my chain in good condition. I would highly recommend it.
When we finally left for our ride, it was about 8:00AM. We rode out on the main road for about 10 miles then another highway for about 7 more miles before turning back. The course was mostly rolling throughout with a few bigger hills. We also had a couple encounters with some dogs, two sets actually. They chased us, which believe me, is a fabulous incentive to pedal harder. We managed to out-pedal them and continued on our way. It was an absolutely gorgeous morning for a ride, but we were both a little sore from the run the day before and were having a bit of trouble pushing through. We made it though!
Distance: 35.23 miles
Average speed: 14.6 mph
Max speed: 31.1 mph
Average heart rate: 146
Max heart rate: 176
Wowza, that’s a lot of calories burned first thing in the morning. I had a half bagel and cashew butter before we left then another when we got back. It lasted awhile, but I wish I had brought some sort of snack for the ride. Unfortunately, I hadn’t brought anything from home and there wasn’t anything easy to bring from the lake house. I think that for the rest of my long rides I really need to bring some type of snack.
After our bike ride we went on another ride- a horse-back ride! Curtis’s step-mom has several horses at a barn nearby the lake house, and we took out a few of the horses for a ride around the grounds. I road River, a beautiful bay boy. I am by no means a good rider, but I do love to take advantage of opportunities to ride, when I can. I really enjoy it.
After our ride, and very busy weekend, we headed back home for my grandmother’s birthday party at my parents’ house. And after that we had a meeting with a volunteer with the dog rescue organization so she could check out our house and determine whether we’d be approved to adopt through them. We found out today that we’re approved! Now, to find our dog! Hopefully we’ll get to meet some soon.
Today, I went to Mom’s for some weight lifting after work, as usual. We did Stage 1, workout A, week 4:
A. Squats – 2 sets of 12 @ 80lbs
B1. Push-ups – 2 sets of 12 real push-ups @ BW
B2. Seated row – 2 sets of 12 @ 70lbs (I lowered the weight on this because I felt like I was sacrificing form to increased weight)
C1. Step-ups – 2 sets of 12 @ 22.5lbs dumbbells
C2. Prone jackknife – 2 sets of 10 @ BW
I’m feeling quite tired from my very busy weekend, and I’m afraid I might be starting to overdo it a little bit. So, I’m going to take tomorrow off completely. I had a swim planned, but I’m just going to let that go this week. I think I need the rest.
Have a great week!