Driving up to work I was reading/listening to Rich Roll's new book, "Finding Ultra". I'll write a review when I'm done but I was fascinated when he talks about training in HR zone 2, or basically keeping your HR low as you workout and your endurance will increase and so will your speed. I have heard about HR training before, but haven't read enough about it to really know what it's all about. I'm very interested in learning more.
I figured out my zones today. Of course I skipped over all the articles about athletes that had blood taken and lactic acid blah blah blah. I am just wanting the basics for now.
I found a simple calculator on the Runners Connect site. Even though I just guessed at my resting HR I think it gave me an idea of the information I'm looking for.
Max HR: 176
Zone 1: 126 - 137
Zone 2: 138-150
Zone 3: 151-162
Zone 4: 164-175
The numbers look about right. I decided that even though I can't run, I can bike and get on the elliptical at the gym and I was going to try and keep my HR in Zone 2. I need to get my Garmin set up for it, but for today I just used the HR setting on the machine. I'm at work in Wyoming so I went to the apartment gym and wow - I wish they were better machines, but I got it done. 30 minutes.
Watching the Giants put the hammer down!
After I did my planks, side planks, crunches and push ups.
Then I took pictures from the floor.
I had a TRX class yesterday and today the elliptical. I feel much better now that I'm doing some sort of exercise. I want to keep up my endurance and feel better. I'm working some overtime this week so it will be sketchy as to how much time I have to work out, but I'll plan on something. Foot did OK. I may have to support it more when I work out, but overall it didn't hurt too much.
How do you feel about Heart Rate training?