Join Date: Jul 2002
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My program feels like a digression?
Just started this new training program, and it calls for a preparation/adaptation period. OK. So, I'm down to humble myself and start where it's recommended for me to start at. Well, the first month of training is to be comprised of workouts in the "zone 1" and "zone 2" heartrates (based an individual lactate threshold testing - recall my anerobic threshold TT post). My L.T. is 165 BPM. So my zone spectrum is as follows:
Zone 1 <133
Zone 2 133-146
Zone 3 147-153
Zone 4 154-163
Zone 5a 164-167 (my L.T.)
Zone 5b 168-173
Zone 5c >173
So it's a base fitness training regime... That's fine, but it's also cross training season!!! I went to the gym and lifted upper body and some squats, and then hit the treadmill with a heart rate monitor. My intention was to stay within Zones 1 and 2...
Well, I found out that I like to run at my L.T.! I never really knew that before... If I push even a little bit harder, I get fatigued. But, if I go any easier, It's no longer running - more like uncomfortable jogging. And for me to be in the zone 1 or 2 that I should be in, I might as well be just WALKING!!! WTF?
It's not like I'm starting from scratch here... best shape I've been in, in 3 years! What should I do? Do I stick with the program word for word? Or do I adjust it to where "I think" I should be? Or, am I just reluctant to feel weak-ass?
I guess I'm just lost on the whole "you should cross train in the winter vs. don't you dare go over 147 BPM or you'll defeat the whole purpose of a training plan" !!! Any experiences would be greatly appreciated...