Hitting the redline.

img_1782Last night I had to do a workout I was dreading. I don’t know if you ever look at your plan and think, “Oh, fuuuuuuuuuuuuuudge,” but I definitely do. (And I don’t say “fudge.”)

I upgraded my bike trainer to a TACX vortex smart trainer. I am really like it – the resistance is great! And it has a handy app to let me see MPH, RPM, Watts, all that. I am a data nerd, and I just love being able to quantification improvement with actual numbers.

Anyway. I had to do a power workout for baselining. The workout called for an easy warm-up, then 20 minutes of all out, 10 minutes recover, 20 minutes all out, and then a cool down. I was really dreading it because it was a long workout, and I just am not comfortable knowing what my personal “redline” is yet. I push too hard, I make myself sick. I don’t push hard enough, I feel like I need to try harder.

 

I did the the first hard interval, and felt good. I knew after the recovery, I needed to pick it up. For the second interval, I picked it up and still felt OK… So I decided to just keep jacking it up every 5 minutes. I ended the workout tired and sweaty. I could have pushed harder, for sure. But I also didn’t land myself in bed sick for a week. Happy balance, right?

How do you find your redline? Do you ever have hard workouts where you juts are not sure how hard to push? (Track workouts where you vomit at the end are probably a good indicator that you maxxed out, right?)

I definitely hope to continue pushing harder as I recover from all the autoimmune junk. I literally dream about running and biking. (Notsomuch swimming.) I cannot wait to feel the burn in my legs and lungs again. Heck, I am even looking forward to strength training and plyo!

 

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