Watching and waiting.
Join Date: Oct 2010
Bikes: Trek 7300 Giant Sedona E-Bike Trek Madone 4.5 Surly Cross Check
Retnav94:If we all did the same thing then the forum would be pointless.I have a garmin FR60 fitness watch. It's kinda like any hobbie where you get hooked and keep spending. It stores heartrate,footcadence,distance,walking speed,bicycle speed and pedal cadence that can be downloaded and tracked/graphed with a computer.( with accessories sold seperately blaw blaw blaw)
One thing it does is estimate calories burned with an activity. The accuracy of the number is debatable but I think it's valuable for comparison purposes.If normally I expend 900 calories a day on fitness activities and I hit a plateau I'll bump it up to 1200 during week 2 and 3. I know I can't sustain that big a jump long term. The idea is to shake up my program. To force my body to adapt.
I would have bought a Polar as they're cheaper but my wrist measures 8.25" and none of them will fit. If you're shopping,buy one with a chest strap. The strapless ones either don't work or are too hard to use.
An interesting side note on adaptation. This summer to shake things up I started long walks. About the same time I got the calorie logging working on the FR60 ( free firmware upgrade)
I went on a 4.5 mile walk. The Garmin reported I'd burned around 1100 calories. Two weeks of walking consistanty I did a 8.2 mile walk Garmin said 800 calories. Somehow, I'd gotten much more efficent walking. That would be great if I was competing in the " Who's that fat guy walking along the road olympics." I want to be inefficent.
As far as my fitness activities go. Weight lifting ( which I hate by the way) is the only thing I do consistently. Mon.,Wed.,Fri. Got to do it or too much muscle loss.Other activities I rotate thru are eliptical machines with arm levers,walking,swimming,bicycling as of Sep. 30. ,Nordic-trak skier and stretching . I do my high intensity interval training (HIIT) on the eliptical machine at least once a week. I hope to be able to do that on the bicycle eventually but so far I can only get to about 82% of max heartrate on the bike and can't sustain it. HIIT needs 90% minimum to be effective. I think I alarm people at the Y when I do this. ( That fat guy is gonna die right here.Who's going to have to carry him out?) I don't see anyone else pushing that hard but the benefits are outstanding.
I think you may have misunderstood what my program is in the original post. The program is for breaking out of a plateau. It helps me avoid failure,helplessness,ect feelings that accompany plateaus.It gives me the feeling of empowerment at a time when I need it.
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