Sunday, December 09, 2007

Committed to the Program

Last year I tried to stay true to the workouts that my coach gave to me but sometimes ego got in the way. "How can going this slow actually be improving me?" I would ask myself that frequently. After a year of working with a coach, I know the workout plan is effective. This year I promised myself that I would be as true as possible to the workout on a given day. Saturday was the first day I was tempted to stray, but after a self pep talk all was well. Since I can cross train for the next few months, I have been running. I was able to get in 3 runs of 5 miles last week and it felt great.

Let's see. HR 127-148. Cadence 90-100. Heavy headwind. That equates to a blazing 13.8 mph.

I saw these on my Saturday ride. No sign of my friends the Wildebeests. I hope they didn't get sold off to a big game hunting ranch :(.


Anonymous Donald said...

It is hard to maintain slow and steady... or not exceed a certain heartrate. I think we're too fixated on "no pain... no gain."
Nice Zebras by the way... all I encounter are deer and maybe a fox or two.

12/10/07, 8:00 AM  
Blogger sydney_b said...

You know, it's important. Might feel too easy one day, but all that means is that you're recovering in preparation for an @$$ kickin' essential workout, so follow the program. I know I remind myself about that most every day at least once.

12/10/07, 11:15 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Excellent Zebra sighting! Now that's something you don't see every day!

12/10/07, 1:52 PM  
Anonymous Fendergal said...

Used to be, I'd worry that I'd never get back my fitness after the winter lull, but every spring it'd come back--of course, not without some hard work. So enjoy the slowness now. That first dose of intensity will hurt like hell.

Apologies for the lack of posting. It's all I can do to post a comment. Nothing bad, just distracted with holiday stuff.

12/10/07, 8:11 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Donald - you just never know what you will see down here.

Syd - you know it. In a few months the workouts get to be a bitch.

Jeff - yeah, but I would prefer your mountains to my zebras any day.

Fendergal - no worries. Glad to see you are back online. I really would like to do a race in your area this year. Hopefully I can make it happen.

12/10/07, 8:21 PM  
Blogger Ron said...

great pictures of zebras, chris. nice country roads there?

i guess most coaches would say its ok to break the rules from time to time. but he's probably trying to do it for your own good, you know... over training.

12/11/07, 7:49 PM  
Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

I did not see your wildebeast friends in New Mexico either. Must be in Florida or Arizona for the winter! :^)
Keep up the good work; 13.8 is exactly 13.8 mph faster than I have been riding!

12/11/07, 8:16 PM  
Blogger CyclistRick said...

'bout time for me to do a program. But then I would have to stop slacking and start working. First race of 2008 is less than 3 weeks from now! Shyte!

12/12/07, 1:47 PM  
Blogger lauren said...

no fence around those wild animals?

12/13/07, 8:24 PM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

keep going, brother.....

12/14/07, 4:55 AM  
Blogger Eclectchick said...


I suppose you eat those, too, along with those poor penguins.

12/14/07, 1:31 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Ron - fantastic country roads here.

Oldman - NM is a great place. Go rent a bike and get after it.

Rick - I use Wenzel Coaching which is right in your area.

Lauren - yes, but I have the camera jammed through the bars

Blue - staying warm?

Eclectchick - I put my order in already for my zebra roast. You stuff it with penguin flippers and pink flamingos. Mmm mmm good.

12/14/07, 2:51 PM  
Blogger chatterbox said...

you must go slow to go fast Chris-san. :) Enjoy the base. As fendergal says, it will hurt soon.

12/14/07, 4:20 PM  
Blogger Ron said...


Slow, long mileages during base training is probably the best trick to teaching your body to cycle more economically. It has already been proved in running that long slow running is best to improve running economy.

On another note, its also the best time to relearn cycling. Maybe you don't need it, but think of instilling every pedal stroke neuromuscularly so it becomes natural to you. The best place to exaggerate cycling movements is while slowly climbing up a hill.

On the other hand, I agree with Chatterbox. Enjoy the time you have to relax before the pain.

12/18/07, 6:37 PM  

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