Thursday, January 15, 2009
What else can you say but...WTF?: HR Training - Day 25
For the past two days at work, I've been stressing out. Although yesterday's run sedated me, today's run wasn't going to cut it the same way. Also, I went on a caffeine kick again with a Venti Skinny Vanilla Latte at Starbucks (hey, its been some time). But I don't think it messed with me this time since my workout was several hours after the java.
The positives of this Base Builder II run:
1.) Warm-up was better (even with the HR spikes).
2.) I've been maintaining a speed of 4.0 MPH for more of the zone 1 runs...until the last 15 minutes of them at the end of the run.
3.) I'm able to go up to 6.0 MPH (usually hovering under at 5.8 MPH) if I gradually increase the speed. This means that in the real world, if I decided to push my pace - I have to push it gradually like how you would shift gears in a manual transmission car, one gear at a time and not rushing it.
1.) My best efforts to stay within my zones and not bleed over wasn't doing so well.
2.) I should have had a full bottle of water beside me on the dreadmill. I think some of my HR drift might have been from water loss via sweat.
And those sudden drops in my HR during zone 2, that's the true WTF moment. I actually SAW it drop and without reason it seems! I KNOW that my HRM isn't a lemon, despite it being used (and I know that my friend wouldn't burn me like that). So what happened? Too much sweat getting between the belt and my chest? Not enough Buh-Bump cream? What was it? Why drop like that and climb back up? Can Suunto's just not have a 100% reliable device? What gives?
One thing I know. I'm not going to just toss it out with the money I spent on it, so I'll just have to make due in the mean time. But it is giving me enough good data to where I can see improvement within myself.
Light run for tomorrow. I'd like to do double the time like I did yesterday, but I might end up with just doing the standard.