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Ironman Training Day #8 – Heart Rate Test

Oh I am such a slacker with my blog posts! I don’t think I have that many followers so I am sure no one missed them too much this week.

Going back to Monday…

It’s funny how I was glad I didn’t have to get up and ride in the morning, but come the evening I wish I had done my workout in the morning.

My workout for the day wasn’t long. Total 30-45 minutes. Doesn’t sound bad, right? Well, Monday was my heart rate test so that my coach could establish my zones. He will be training me based on heart rate. We discussed buying a power meter and training via power which is a great tool. Unfortunately, a teeny tiny little device no bigger than a marble costs anywhere from $1,000 – $2,000. As much as I would have loved it, Mark and I decided it just wasn’t in the budget for right now. Triathlon is a very expensive sport and sometimes you can’t purchase every device! Luckily my Garmin is a great tool which includes heart rate. I had a heart rate strap from my old Bontrager bike computer. As long as a device is ANT+ compatible, it should work with any device.

I got my butt on my bike and warmed up for 10 minutes. Then I started the test. Per my coach, he told me to hold back the first ten minutes and then go for it. I hit the lap button on my watch after 10 minutes and 20 minutes. My coach could see my heart rate for the first ten minutes, the 20 minutes, and the total 30 minutes. It was pretty brutal, and also hard mentally to figure out how I should feel. I think I did a pretty good job. I now have my heart rate zones so my rides will be based on heart rate and cadence, JOY! Putting the two together will not be the easiest thing.

I forgot to take my make-up off before my workout, oops!

IMG_2433Wearing my heart rate monitor doesn’t bother me. I really don’t even feel it. The only thing that annoys me is that sometimes it doesn’t like to connect with my watch right away so I have to mess with it. Other than that, it’s good.

Here is what it looks like, not that it’s that interesting. Don’t mind my toothbrush in the bottom right 🙂


Somehow I also managed to give myself a chain tattoo. I always lean against my chain and am left with an awesome grease mark. Grease does not like to come off. Dish soap works pretty well but I usually resort to a pumice stone to scrub it off!


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