The training ramblings of an Endurance Junkie....tend to ride my bike with the occasional swim and run.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Don't squeeze the Garmin!.......
Coming to the end of February and the first build phase of the season is over. This week is for rest and recovery after a solid seven week base/build phase to start the year.
Recovery weeks are always good....you sleep more, have shorter workouts and are not a slave to the various electronic gadgets attached to the bike/wrist/chest.....
Last night I went for a 75min run and it was great not to have to concentrate on the pace or distance and just run. There were no intervals to thrash out, it was a pure run and I didn't squeeze the Garmin until I got back to the front door. Mission accomplished: a nice easy recovery run for 75mins at 7:05min/mile pace.
It was hard though not to be tempted to look at the pace and distance and it makes you wonder if sometimes we would just be better off running and riding on feel rather than making sure we are at a certain pace or within a certain "training zone". If you feel good and want to go hard then go hard, if you feel down just take it easy and ease into a tempo workout or simply a recovery workout. Over the past year I have seriously contemplated purchasing a power meter for the bike but aside from the price, I always come back to thinking....would I really benefit from it? Many would say that I would and many would say that I wouldn't. Without the knowledge and understanding of a coach I think that the impact of a power meter would probably be lost....now getting a coach, that's a whole different ballgame!
For the time being I'll stick with the heart-rate monitor and squeezing the Garmin...
Posted by Iain Banks at Wednesday, February 20, 2008
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It is so nice to get away from the gizmos and gadgets and just do our thing. I train both ways...sometimes without to just feel PE and then with to see the real deal. Sounds like your off to a good season.
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