A Spectrum Day

Yesterday was my first rest day from workouts in just over a month and it also was my first “rest” day from writing a post since I started just over a year ago. I am happy to report I am well rested and ready to share my experiences today. This morning I had two workouts scheduled back to back. First, my triathlon coach wanted me to do an hour time trial on the bike. Due to the weather, I did the time trial on a spinning bike at the gym. I like the feel better than a stationary bike and I can wear my bike shoes. Both give me the feel of actually riding on the road. The main focus of the time trial was to measure my heart rate after a good warm up and then ten minutes into a hard effort I split my watch to calculate my average heart rate for a twenty minute hard effort. My coach says he uses this data to calculate my heart rate zones on the bike. I am interested in finding out what they are. I know the zones on the bike are lower than running. I never even went over 138 today and I felt I was working hard – the equivalent to running at a 158 heart rate which is my anaerobic threshold. One thing I realized, on the bike to get my heart rate up I have to lower the resistance and increase my RPMs to over 100. Even when I have a hard load on the bike, I feel the resistance in my legs, but my heart rate stays in the low 120’s at most. I covered just over 19 miles in an hour, even after adjusting my resistance.

After cycling, I changed and headed to the pool for a scheduled swim my coach also gave me. It was for 2,900 meters. After my warm up, a friend joined me to swim. She used to be the Master’s swim coach at the gym and has given me good tips over the year. We swam together, well I should say we started each set at the same time. She is a very fast swimmer, even with this being her first time in the pool in a while. During a kick set I noticed she was kicking on her back without a kick board. I gave it a try and liked how it felt. It gives my legs a good workout and hopefully will help strengthen me on my backstroke. The workout went very well, she would push and encourage me during a set of 25 meter repeats. We swam a total of 16 repeats and the first 12 I was fairly consistent at 25 to 26 seconds. The last four I pushed harder and got under 25 seconds. It was a great feeling since it was my last set of the workout and I was able to push hard. Upon completing this workout, I have swam a total of 17,500 meters this week. The most in one week I have ever done – and it is just over 10 miles. Swimming with a friend has become one of my favorite ways to get a workout in. Not only is it fun to be with a friend, but the encouragement and challenge continues to help me reach just a bit farther and swim just a bit faster.

Today brought two good workouts and time with a friend I have not seen in a while. Definitely my good in the day. I also spent most of the afternoon and early evening taking down my Christmas decorations. It brought a little feeling of melancholy to box everything up but I also have hope in the future ahead. Like the rainbow reminds me – I seized the day today with a spectrum of activities and I am reminded to look forward to the hope to come. All the more good in today.

Published by 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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