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Old 09-23-08, 12:49 PM   #1
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Yesterday was just one of those "good" days

I don't pretend to understand how any of this works but I sure love when I have days like I did yesterday.
Warning: As usual, there is no point to this post... I'm just talkin' out loud, is all.

There's a ride I've been doing lately... the "out lap" looks something like this



And it's got a few bumps along the way where -no matter what I do- my HR hits 140+, 160, 165+
I particularly like that last climb up... a mile and a quarter at an average of about 6% or so (though some stretches get into the double digits) that I'm able to get into a pretty good rhythm; sometimes *too* good of a rhythm. I usually start it in my penultimate low gear (30/25) and somewhere about halfway up, as my HR climbs, I drop to my 30/27 and give myself a break.

But yesterday, in all those spots mentioned above, my HR stayed a good 5-10BPM below what it normally does and in many cases I was actually pushing harder than I normally do. In fact on that 1.25 mile climb, I never felt the need to shift out of my 30/25. Man, it felt good... I felt like I could just go on forever. I don't know why. I don't care (other than wishing I could find a way to repeat it consistently)

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My Son-in-law has just re-started riding and although it does not seem to have an effect on him- His HR goes skyhigh on the climbs. While I am comfortable at 150ish- he will be up in the 180)'s. and If I do push it- I can get him up near 200. I know he is 30 years younger than me but in no way should his HR be up that high. Only thing is when his HR is way up- he is hardly breathing. Just a few pants occasionally.

I know that as he gets fitter and loses 30lbs- His HR will come down but that is the time I will be getting worried. There I will be at 165 and unable to breath at the top of the hills and he will be accelerating away from me at about 130.
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The funny thing is, I was quite worried about this climb (and the one I did on Saturday) after I put on 2 or 3 pounds over vacation. Go figure
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If you had posted this a year ago- you would have been a normal cyclists- with no medical problems enjoying his riding. But last year you could not have posted it.

Have to hand it to you- The improvements you have made over your Heart rate in the last year has been fantastic. I know it has taken a bit of hard work and perseverance on your part but You have done it. Still may be a little way to go- but it will be there shortly- Just before the "Metric" that you still haven't done.
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