I broke my personal best for 40km on the bike today. Actually it’s the third or fourth time I’ve done it over the past month. In reality I know it’s all relatively arbitrary as all my recent cycling has been done on the Turbo Trainer so, to a degree, I can control how easy or hard the miles are.
That said, I’m always eager to see how far I’ve managed to “get” when I finish each session… to see if my Garmin Bike Computer has any new records to report.
Competitiveness is a bit of a double edged sword for me. I will only get stronger and fitter if I push myself, but I have to make sure I stay within safe limits… my maximum Heart Rate is still only 118, and I don’t think will ever change. So, I find myself in a constant balancing act between my Heart, my Legs and my Head… which will be the weakest link on any given day is anyone’s guess!
For me, having a Heart Attack hasn’t dampened my competitive spirit. In fact the exercise I have been doing as a result has probably made me more competitive, if only by the fact that I am now fit enough to compete again!
What I really need to do now is to focus my competitiveness on going long rather than deep… I need to build stamina rather than power, for distance rather than speed. This is not what I’m naturally inclined towards but it’ll benefit my “engine” (Heart Healthiness) and lay the foundations for the challenges to come in 2014.
For the time being, there’s plenty of scope for me to set many more personal bests… I’m still very much at the novice stage. In time my rests will get shorter and the need to give my derrière a break will (hopefully!) abate. As a result, I should improve without having to dig too deep.
So I will continue to watch the Garmin with interest, because despite the fact that we know it’s a little childish it’s always good to get a bit of positive feedback, even if it is from a Bike Computer!