Join Date: May 2005
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Cardio and Strength playing Leapfrog?
I noticed today on my interval sessions (ski, but you folks can think bike) that I pushed a MHR of 185. In fact, I decided after the second pass that I was gonna go just do 6x3min VO2max intervals today. Don't ask me why. Originally I had planned LT intervals but it just felt right today.
Anyway, I hit 181, 183, 185, 180, 183, five times. Kicker is this. Two weeks ago I did the same VO2max intervals on the same hill but at the top my muscles were burning. Today, nothing. In between I've been really upping my strength sessions, six altogether in two weeks.
So it seems like I have the strength to push my HR way up there. It seems like my cardio now has to catch up. My question is this: Is this the way it works? Strength gains to where your cardio is easily stressed, then cardio adapts. When cardio adapts, you find you don't have enough strength to push your cardio to the limits, then you start the cycle allover again?
Sorry for the rambling post. Training books don't address this. It's just observation about myself. Am I on the right track?