Baselines. It’s all up from here.

I recently got a heart rate monitor to use for my training. However, without knowing what your specific zones are it’s not much use. So through Nate, I setup an appointment with Coach Gareth to find out my Blood Lactate Threshold. I know, I’m getting pretty geeky, but I’m really looking to improve, and this is the best way.

The test involves me riding at intervals, with each interval getting harder. At key points my blood levels were checked and eventually the profile appeared. I got to ride a computrainer for the 2nd time in 2 weeks. Those things are a workout and pretty awesome.

Since this was my first time, I’ve got a good baseline to work on. As you can see, I have a good base endurance level, but I’m down on power for climbs or speed. Those are the 2 specific areas that I know I need to work on, so this confirmed that, and gave me some good information on how to address it.

I’m looking forward to using this info to begin riding more efficiently and training with purpose. I’ve already seen an improvement in last week’s brevet time, and hopefully I will see more in the next one. Like the title of the post, it’s all up from here!

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  • Is the waste-basket in front of the bike so you have something to barf in when you hit your threshold? 😉

    • Haha! I didn’t even notice that was there. It wasn’t as close as it looks in the pic. I guess, with a little aim, I could’ve used it though!

  • That’s some cool-ass geeky bike shit. Thanks for the info–now go to KFC and get a few Double-downs.

    • I’m looking to measure my heart rate, not stop my heart!

  • Geeky indeed … fascinating for someone like me who knows nothing about this kind of stuff. Not sure I want to go down this road myself, but I can certainly appreciate your desire to improve, and your drive to get some help and actually make it happen.

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