Dec 17, 2018 Official start of training for the Spartan Killington Ultra Sat Sept 14!!
Food: Following RP template base, this was a light day
Workout: Run test (pic above after) per my coach
Completed 3.2 miles in the dark with my hand torch and smiley lights:
Gear: Used new TICKRx heart rate monitor using Wahoo Runfit App. I did an experiment of data from Fitbit vs. TICKRx and here’s how it compares. In summary Fitbit is about 10 BPM slower than TICKRx and does not provide cadence data:
||Fitbit used with Fitbit app
(started first, shutoff last)
|TICKRx used with Wahoo Runfit App
||9:43 mile 1
9:25 mile 2
9:08 mile 3
|Heart rate avg/max
|How I felt
||Great although slugging down 20g protein powder in vita-coco made me feel a little queasy!
I also have both uploading to Strava so wanted to see what happened. Only the fitbit uploaded for now…..
AAARGH! I was trying to see if I could break the 9:00 min mile barrier and did a mile in 9:00…..I did mile 2 and because the runfit app talks to me each mile with my pace (finally! have been trying to have fitbit do that for months) and heard mile 2 was 9:21 so really tried to pick it up. My fastest time before this for a mile was 8:54 and had 9:07 at the end of six miles around Sept.
I am always scared. Was scared before I did this – don’t know why as worst that could happen is I go out too hard and die, which would be a lesson learned based on what pace I was at. I’ve done this distance a ton of times. Ben Bergeron classifies fear as being a fear for your life/safety (which despite being dark was not) or a fear of not belonging to the pack. Since I am not really part of a running pack, not sure that these categories are accurate. Maybe I’m just afraid of failure even if it is just me looking – and I firmly believe in the wise saying that Success (or courage) is moving from failure to failure with equal enthusiasm (quoted from Churchill, Lincoln?). I liked Ben Bergerons statement about not worrying if you’re nervous before something as it just means your body is getting ready – that made me feel better last week when I had to speak at an energy conference!
I got my first indoor trainer a week ago, the KICKr CORE and have it and our rowing machine setup downstairs with TV so that I can use the Zwift racing app. I have no idea what the parts of a bike are called how to change a tire, patch a tire and am still confused on the gearing. I did a 20 mile Zwift ride through London and got stuck on a hill trying to figure out how to lower the gear….need a cheat sheet for left vs. right gears and top/bottom levers on each side. Took us a few hours to get it assembled and setup with Zwift, and then more time to see how to upload to Strava.
My butt is killing me today. I need something to hold my phone on my bicycle handlebars and need to try to sync the cadence tomorrow during the bike trial as I believe the TICKERx will get that data vs. buying a cadence sensor.
Here’s to day 1 in the books and a little stretching/yoga to follow!
Clean eating, honest reporting and en route to badass,