Sunday, February 15, 2009

Fine Weekend

Friday Morning:
We got the footers poured:

We caused quite a scene in the neighborhood. Traffic was backed up and people we walking back and forth.

Valentines Day: Typically everyday at the Janes residence is Valentines Day, so when the actual Day rolls around, I have to try really hard to do something special:

To the left you can see one of the monstrous modular homes that was recently installed, the rock work in the center is part of the present:

More rock work around our veggie garden, and in the background, the newly installed picket fence:

The rock work around the garden, to the left, at the bottom of the privacy fence, I also installed a long flower bed for Rhonda. She we very excited to see it when she got home.

After wearing myself out on Saturday, doing all of those projects, I woke up on Sunday to get ready for my Lactate Threshold Heart Rate test. This test consists of warm up then 30 minutes time trial pace. The last 20 minutes, I record my average heart rate and that is what I use for the basis of my workouts. One key element is to go into this test well rested.
So, back to waking up. I woke up, sore and stiff from all of the projects on Saturday. I considered not doing the test. Another factor helping in this decision was that it was 36 degrees outside. Brrr. I have put this test of for several weeks because of the cold and decided I needed to at least get out and try it.
So, I went to the Mellowdrome and went at it. The result? Average HR is exactly the same as last time. Cool, that means that I either did the test wrong, two times or I am doing it right. Unfortunately, I did not record my distance for the first test from a couple a months ago, and don't know if there was any improvement. But I feel confident that I have improved and am not going to stress about it.
So, in 4 more weeks, I'll do another one, and in the next 3 weeks I will be doing some drills that will teach my body to deliver "power" to the pedals.
Have a great day.


Chris said...

You're probably not going to see much variance in HR for LT -- it will change early season, and then plateau for the rest of the year. That's why everyone gets so up in arms about power -- your LTHR stays the same, but your power increases -- your idea to record distance traveled will have more or less the same effect.

Stephen J said...

Thanks Chris, it was also good to know that my first test was accurate, I appreciate the input!