Saturday, November 15, 2008

Great weather for a ride today, but cardiac drift in reverse?

rode for four hours and the sun was shining until....let me back up and give some stats.

rode wasatch to little cottonwood canyon, then down to 2ooo to the shopko. i got my new assos extreme bib-tights on and was just a tad warm going down wasatch. no bother i know its chilly in the canyon coming downhill.

turning around at shopko is the start of the widowmaker race up little cottonwood to alta second entry. started there up the long hill.

kept it in easy gears trying to maintain 165 HR. got a little past it a couple of times(sorry coach), but not to much higher. ave. speed 10mph. still making decent time, but not setting any records.

as i entered the canyon the sun dissappeared. it got colder, but i was climbing so i stayed warm.

got a good rhythm going and about halfway up i notice my forearms hurt and its hard to shift. this usually means my wrists have gotten so cold that the tendons are not moving very fast. i stop and add arm warmer to my onsemble. a little better.

as i am climbing i always pick out markers for the race. what times and where i will place waterpeople.

i then realize its saturday. darn!!!! bad day to go up these canyons because there are so many drivers putting out smelly car fumes and brake dust. oh well i grin and bare it.

i notice that its kinda tuff getting up this hill today, like the front brake is on. i continue for a while and think, wouldn't it be funny if for some reason the brake really was rubbing and slowing me down.

i get off the bike right then and there. spin the front wheel and it moves ten inches and stops. huh??? i had over tightened the quick release and was putting so much pressure on the bearing that it slowed everything down. ok first time that happened. good thing it wasn't in a race. check this in the future.

i get back on and just sail up the rest of the way. what a difference. i am truly a dork!!

i make it up to the entrence in 59:07. not a great effort at all and i beat myself up for a second. i have to remind myself that i had brakes on and was keeping HR way lower that normal. i feel better about myself.

here is a sidenote that i noticed today too. riding at 160-165 is harder on my body than 175-180(my Lactate threashold). i mean it is more taxing, but i feel more at ease running the heart rate higher. i can run longer at my LT than just below it. doesn't make sense.

anyways i suit up for the long chilly ride down. heavy mitt gloves, skull lycra cap, windbreaker.....etc. i get about 1/2 mile down the hill and all that sweat, i swear had turned to ice. bbbrrrrrrrr!!!

hit the brakes hard and limp down the hill at 25mph and pedaling to keep the toes warm.

got back on wasatch and everybody is out in shorts and jerseys and i look so outta place. finnaly warmed up and stripped down. rode down 45th to state, up 39th to wasatch, down 33 to state and back up to wasatch.

funny thing though. after getting back to wasatch i could not get my heart rate higher than 145. i kept going faster and faster and faster. by this time i am doing 28-29mph and flying past the roadies who look like they are out for a easy ride. i look like i am showing off.

realize i am having cardiac drift in reverse. huh? drift is when your heart rate changes on the second part of a long ride. it goes up in response to your body getting tired and needing nutrition.

so to have a drift going backwards means what? i have achieved better fitness? my body is getting more effecient? i am dying?

i put some emails out to some endurnce guys i know and got pretty much the same story.

your body will respond to the stress you put on it. as i am doing longer rides now, my body is preparing itself for longer rides by increasing all aspects of fitness. i was always under the impression that you had to tax your body first to get stronger.
something happens after the three hour mark, that your body will say "we better adjust things incase we have to sustain this effort all day".
of course there is a penalty to this change. i felt like CRAP!! about an hour after i got home. i have never gone thru this even when i was riding 5 to 8 hour rides.

i did my usual recovery routine that has been working flawlessly this whole year. but i still felt like a train ran me over. didn't feel better until six hours later. which makes sense since thats how long it takes to make up enough carbs and protiens to strat rebuilding.

at hour ten i feel like i could ride again. such a differnce to how bad i felt earlier. i am glad my body recovers so well even at my age.......
easy recovery ride tomorrow and some push ups.

Better than a Flu Shot!

Miss Beatrice, The church organist, Was in her eighties And had never been married.
She was admired for her sweetness And kindness to all.
One afternoon the pastor Came to call on her and she showed him into her quaint sitting room. She invited him to have a seat while she prepared tea.
As he sat facing her old Hammond organ, The young minister Noticed a cute glass bowl Sitting on top of it. The bowl was filled With water, and in the water Floated, of all things, a condom!
When she returned With tea and scones, They began to chat.
The pastor tried to stifle his curiosity About the bowl of water and its strange floater, but soon it got the better of him and he could no longer resist.
'Miss Beatrice', he said, 'I wonder if you would tell me about this?' Pointing to the bowl.

'Oh, yes,' she replied, 'Isn't it wonderful?
I was walking through The Park a few months ago And I found this little package On the ground.
The directions said To place it on the organ, Keep it wet and that it would prevent the spread of disease.

Do you know I haven't had the flu All winter.'