The weather here in Upstate New York, until just this past week has been good enough to go out and ride. I finally gave up and put the bike in the cellar onto my trainer. Wasn't looking forward to using it.
To help me focus on the trainer I purchased a very simple program that's on my laptop. It's called TurboCrank and has a 7 week trainer program that gets progressively more difficult. I thought I'd go thru it twice this winter with a rest in between. By then hopefully it'll be early spring and I can be back out on the road. To really be able to utilize the program you need to have a HRM and cadance monitor on your bike.
Well! The first thing the program wants is a Lactic Threshold Test. It starts with a 15 min warmup, than it asks you to go all out for thirty minutes. It asks you to turn on your HRM 10 minutes into the torture and record the last 20 minutes. The average heart rate for that 20 minutes is used to calculate your LT and your training zones. Finally you get a 15 min cool down.
Well let me tell you I'm utterly exhausted !!! This LT test whipped my a##! One day later and my legs are still toast! Don't want to do that again any time soon.
The results pretty much matched how I felt on the bike during my normal riding. I'm 64 so I don't have a heartbeat like a humming bird. My HRM average was 152 BPM. This than gives me a Zone 3 range of 138- 149 BPM. I know that out on the road when I get above 135 BPM my breathing begins to get heavier, the test is right on!
OK, 14 weeks of trainer pain and we're back out onto the open road.
Curious how some of my fellow senior citizens have fared with this test?