- With group rides being off the table for the foreseeable future (my own personal choice) it's been fun to spend some more time on the #specializedshiv Time to think of an epic ride to do. . . . . #iridespecialized #specializedfans #IFB #parvillacycles #timetrial #swimbikerun #ironmantri #cyclinglife #triathlon
- Searching out some local gravel for a recovery hour this evening......Bowie Racetrack was perfect! Dead flat, no-one else around, zero cars. 128 furlongs of easy riding. . . . #parvillacycles #gravelride #cycling #ciclismo #bowiemd #IFB
- A throwback for #timetrialtuesday, my last #ironmantri at Louisville in 2013. This year was going to be my "comeback" to the Ironman distance but it will have to wait until 2021. . . . #parvillacycles #IFB #swimbikerun #triathlon #2021goals #pactimo #gurucycles #ironmanlouisville
- Taking The Shiv Out For A Drive
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...