elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Time to Reassess

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Every three to four months I have what is called a Cardio Point test done at my gym. It is an assessment of my aerobic and anaerobic zones. It measures my oxygen rate of utilization, how much I burn in fat and how much I burn in carbohydrates, my heart rate ranges for the five zones, and when I go from aerobic to anaerobic – the point my body stops burning fat and only burns carbohydrates. This morning I had my assessment.

In September I discovered that I had trained my body to work in zone 4 well – burning only carbs and no fat. This is a classic mistake most runner make. Running hard every time and not slowing down for the “easy” runs – which is about two minutes per mile slower than the hard runs. Since then I have been working hard at pushing out my zone 1 as well as extending my anaerobic threshold (AT), the point I move into zone 4. Accomplishing both is challenging because to push out zone 1 requires a rest day and more slow work. Increasing my AT requires speed work. Doing both and training for triathlon with two more sports can be a difficult balance. What I learned today is I am improving my zone 1 but everything else stayed consistent. I didn’t lose any of my aerobic base or reduce my AT, but I didn’t push it out either. I did improve on my fat burn – a little. I don’t have much fat to burn, but I don’t want to be a saver either…

Next up is more intense speed work. The person I did the test with really knows her stuff and she is a wicked fast runner. Humble too, I only learned this when I asked what pace she ran for a half marathon. She told me her most recent PR at the half marathon was a 1:21. That would be 58 minutes faster than my PR. She is an elite runner able to run 6:10 minute miles – 13.1 times over. And not brag a bit about it. What was even more encouraging was she did not have any attitude toward me at all as a “slow” runner. She knows my experience, seen my ability and told me she knows I can get faster. I will be working much more with her in the future I do believe.

There are several ways, I learned today, to improve my metabolism. Proper training is a huge part but so is diet. I just started reading a book about eating to boost metabolism for athletes. More to come as I learn about it. Today was a very good day to learn. I learned more about myself, I learned more about my potential, and about training and diet. I also learned that if I manage my training well and listen to my body, I can train every day – just not intense every day. The trainer also told me that listening to my body trumps any schedule. Like last week – I was tired and worn out at 5 in the morning, a light workout would have been more appropriate than the speed work I actually did…. So reassessing every so often is a good thing. I am a work in progress – and happy to be progressing.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

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