I feel like I’m making real progress on the exercise front. Some of it is down to exercising. Some of it is down to understanding the kit and exercising better.
Although I’m still a complete novice, I feel like I’m in a position to provide some advice on cycling (at least cycling in my garage):
Cycling Lesson 1: It hurts less if you have the right kit!
The shorts, gloves and shoes all made a substantial difference to last nights “ride”. Why didn’t I think of it earlier!
Yesterday saw the introduction of another training aid too…
I got a tip from a guy at work to try out a Sufferfest video. Specialising in Cycling Training Videos, they have the motto:
“I will beat my ass today to kick yours tomorrow” (IWBMATTKYT for short)
They have a range of “entertaining” videos targeted at the stationary cyclist market. They create training sessions where you follow / copy / compete with professional cyclists performing in competitions (World Championships, Tour De France, etc., listening to fast music, and following instructions “shouted” out via text on the computer screen.
It might sound strange, but the videos provide some useful pointers for the novice cyclist and also create a major distraction from the clock. In my limited experience, the biggest challenge with inside cycling is clock watching. Every minute seems to last forever!
For me the intention is clearly not to have a Sufferfest, in fact not to suffer at all! That’s not really what my exercise is about right now. For me I’m treating it more as a Recoverfest (Trade Mark pending!).
Irrespective of what the on-screen cyclist does, or the instructions I’m given, the Heart Monitor is the most critical piece of equipment for me. Keeping below my 118 bpm threshold is essential.
In time, I’m looking forward to testing / pushing the boundaries, but I have to keep reminding myself that I’m still only in week 3 of Cardiac Rehabilitation. Much as it would be nice to kick Bradley Wiggins’ ass in a Time Trial (albeit virtual), my goal has to be to put in the miles, to get myself fit and strong, to lay the foundation for the future.
Anyway, the video worked for me. I would highly recommend checking out The Sufferfest if you’ve not discovered them already.
All the exercise and hard work has resulted in another minor milestone for me at Cardiac Rehabilitation today…
wait for it…
I was allowed to jog on the treadmill!!!
I’ve got another 5 weeks of Rehab to go. I’m hoping I might be able to fly by the end of it!