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It's me again.
As you know I am going to have a go at the middle distance event in Bala next year. I am really looking forward to this.
What you may not know is that I am changing jobs. I will be able to finish at 3.30 pm in my new job which means I will have a little more time to fit training in. And so I have been wondering if I might have a go at following a training schedule.
So I did a seach and came up with the trinewbie site, which offers an intermediate training schedule for the half ironman. Strangely Mr Scoobs also bought me a book called - Traithlon - An expert training comapnion. He got so much stick from his work colleagues as they all told him I'd prefer perfume and jewellary and stuff., Thank goodness he stuck to his guns and didn't listen! Perfume verses lovely book all about training??? No contest. I was delighted with his choice.
Anyway - Bala is something I want to complete. I'd like to do it as well as I can, but I'm also not going to get hung up about times. I'm also not going to become a slave to a training schedule either. But I would like to give one a go as I have never done so before and I think it might be quite fun!
For me everything is more about the training. The event itself to me is second. I only enter events so that I have a reason to keep me motivated and training. It's the training I love the most.
So this book talks about training using a HRM. And it talks of recommending the Maffetone method. The formula it uses makes sense to me. I have done a max HR test years ago. But I suspect it is defunct now!
It says to subtract your age from 180 and then place yourself in one of four categories.
The category I place myself in is one where I have had injury (I'm unable to run at mo, but that's another thread!). So I fit into cat b so I have to deduct a further 5 from the above.
This brings me out with a training HR of 134 bpm.
So I stuck the HR monitor on and off I went on the bike. Only to find that due to the hills there is no way on this earth I could stick to under this. Even if I pushed up the hills, I reckon it would go over. But my overall average HR is only a bit above - 138 bpm. I'm guessing due to the downhills.
The book talks about aerobic phase/base training. I like the idea behind this.
So do you think using an average HR for the whole ride would be Ok? I reckon I could get near to the ideal HR if I could use an average.
Has anyone used this method/heard of this method? What do you guys think of it?
I'd be very interested to hear what other peoples opinions/experiences are?
I'm curious! and it would be helpful too!