Low HR…Low HR…Low HR…Low HR

This is essentially my new mantra for training.  As Coach C says.....slow and steady wins the race.  She emailed me to tell me that you can't win a 70.3 or 140.6 by having a HR of 170 the entire time.  Your body will not be able to sustain that pace so with that knowledge she has me working in Zone 3 which is 135-145 BPM.

Yesterday afternoon was a strength/core day and you start out by going 2 miles at a slow pace.  When I first started out my Garmin was going nuts b/c my HR was too low and it took me to about 0.15 miles before it picked up.  From there the rest of the 2 miles was easy but I was sweating.  I ran the 2 miles in 20:52 and had an avg HR of 140 with a max of 147.  In other words PERFECT!!!!!

After that came the strength.  I kept the HR monitor on and was anywhere from 121 to 155 during this portion of the workout.  I can say again that it kicks your butt and not b/c of the amount of weight but because of the resistance on the way down.  The exersion is fine it is the resistance that taxes the body.  I will say that getting funny looks when you are curling 15 lb dumbells and actually grunting is hilarious.  The behomeths that walk around there curling 90 lbs don't understand the HR training obviously and just wonder what is that guy doing.

This morning was a 60 min ride / 30 min run brick.  The ride was all to be at 135-145 and the run was to be 10 minutes at that HR then do 5x1minute at 155-165 and recover for 1 minute then followed by 10 minutes again at 135-145.

The bike ride was 1:02:56 over 16.65 miles with an average HR of 141 and max of 156.  It was perfect.

The run was 30:01 over 3.15 miles with an average HR of 153 with a max of 167.  I got the first 10 minutes and interval part perfect but the recovery and the last 10 minute run was hard to get my HR down.  About 2 minutes after the run was over and walking back to the house my HR was down to 121.

Coach C says that the more I train in this area the faster the HR will decrease.  It is amazing the science behind all of this stuff.  I'm also thrilled to finally be using my garmin in the way it was intended and I don't feel like I just spent money on nothing.

I have to get my bike to RBM b/c since the fall it is making an odd noise in one gear.  The MS ride did a number to my handlebars in terms of the tape so that needs to be repaired as well.  I am also going to have a cateye added to the bike so that during the training I know my cadence as that is going to be important down the line.

Personal note.......work is beyond hectic right now.  I am taking 5 minutes to myself to write this blog piece but it is already 11:40 in NY and I don't know where the morning went.  Seems like everywhere you turn there is another project that needs to be done.  This is our busy time of the year and it usually makes the day fly by but it seems like it is going faster now then ever before.

On the outdoor kitchen the progress has been great.  The mason and his boys are just about done.  He is here alone today to cut the hole for the grill so that means that the electrician needs to get here and then we are finished and able to enjoy our backyard oasis.  Need to order bar stools for the outdoor kitchen as a last and final touch.

Summer BBQ'ing will help the diet for sure and just allow us to have family and friends over to enjoy the pool as well.
Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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