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The Zombie Cyclist

The Zombie Cyclist

And therein lies a conflict. A lot of the training literature assumes you are starting at a point where you cannot complete your goal ride, and that you will work up to that goal, with no plan for sustaining that level of fitness. In particular, the exercise community builds their suggestions around the concept of a “season”. At the end of 1 season, one quits cycling and then begins the next with a series of activities that begin from no cycling and work their way back up to peak fitness. On the other hand, weekly the medical community desires if you ask me exercise 300 minutes, every week of my entire life.

Friel’s “The Cyclists Training Bible” will not to (as much as I can find) recommend a test comparable to a MAF test. Rather, Joe Friel’s way of measuring endurance and aerobic fitness will take benefit of a poorly comprehended yet widely noticed trend called “decoupling.” Ideally, heart rate during exercise should increase as effort increases.

  • Excessive, long-term use of alcohol
  • 2 years back from Canada
  • It is far from clear which i am with the capacity of completing some of the longer brevet trips
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However, there are circumstances where that romantic relationship down breaks. If one rides at continuous heart rate at first the power generated (roughly reflected in the speed you are riding) will be continuous but eventually will begin to decrease, a process called decoupling. Although this is a “bug” in terms of using heart rate as a measure of effort, as it happens to be always a “feature” in terms of measuring stamina.

Joe Friel suggests a test where you trip at aerobic threshold and record enough time of which decoupling first starts to appear. Afterward you include progressively long aerobic threshold trips in your training until you can ride for just two hours without viewing any decoupling. I’m uncertain if both hour figure is specially relevant to me, however the phenomenon of decoupling is.

I first noticed decoupling in regards to a year ago, when I started using a heart rate monitor first. Just like today, my training then consisted mostly of daily MAF test rides. Data from Garmin Training Center. Red lines added you. The above graphs, reflecting data downloaded from my Garmin, are from the first much longer trip I included, a 30-mile trip. I succeeded at doing that mainly, though it did drift up a bit at the final end.

Besides decoupling, I have found that other anomalies in heart rate behavior appear to be indicative of my fitness. The foremost is heart-rate balance. When I am fit, my heart rate raises and decreases with work easily. When I am unfit, it’ll down jump up and, making it difficult to properly ride my MAF tests. The second reason is the ability of my heartrate to recover within my cool off ride after a MAF test.

When I am fit, during the 20 to 25-minute trip home from the Rice Track, I can easily get my heart rate below 110 beats per minutes, below 100 beats each and every minute sometimes. WHILE I am not fit, it can be a struggle to get it below 120 beats each and every minute. What I am not finding indicative of a lot of is my resting heart rate.

Based on the advice of Iron Rider, I began documenting a “true” resting heart rate about half a year ago. By true, I mean I record my heart rate first thing in the morning while lying in bed. That heart rate varies between 55 and 70 beats each and every minute. I began calculating my “true” relaxing heartrate because Iron Rider recommended it might reveal my level of fatigue which I could then use to help plan my training.