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I’ve lost a step or two over the past few weeks.

Monday, November 28, 2011 by  
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November
28
2011
This entire section of trail was under about 1 foot of water a month ago.

This entire section of trail was under about 1 foot of water a month ago.

Over the past three or four weeks my resting heart rate has gone up three beats per minute (from 39 to 42), and that’s affected my VO2 MAX and my Heart Rate Reserve. My Heart Rate Recovery has also risen slightly. I posted these stats in yesterday’s weekly progress report, but here are my most current cardio stats again (as measured by the Timex Ironman Heart Rate Monitor). For more information on these statistics, please check out my February 14, 2011 blog.

HRrest: 42 BPM (-6 BPM since Feb 14, 2011)
HRmax: 196 BPM (+3 BPM since Feb 14, 2011)
Heart Rate Reserve: 154 BPM (+8 BPM since Feb 14, 2011)
Heart Rate Recovery: 76 BPM (+12 BPM since Feb 14, 2011)
VO2 MAX (Uth—Sørensen—Overgaard—Pedersen equation): 70 ml/min/kg (up from 62.93 ml/min/kg on Feb 14, 2011)

Don’t get me wrong, these are still fairly decent cardio stats, but yesterday I rode 20 miles at Wekiwa and I could definitely feel the difference compared to a month ago. My average moving speed was about the same as always for the trails I rode, but my heart rate was higher than usual. In other words, I had to work harder to accomplish that speed.

I’m not worried about it right now. The next month is going to be the calm before the storm, so to speak. When my cut starts in January my entire focus is going to be diet, training, rest and recovery. For 10 weeks I’m going to be eating 100% clean foods, consuming absolutely no alcohol, getting a strict eight+ hours of sleep each night, missing no weight training workouts and undergoing the most grueling and intense cardio training I’ve ever done in my life. Considering how difficult my cardio routine from last year’s cut was, that’s no small statement. By mid-March I’m going to be in the best cardio shape of my life, and the lightest I’ve been in about eight years.

Bike on a Trail for November 27, 2011. Notice the sharp 8-12 inch stumps that line the muddy trail? Not an advisable place to fall.

Bike on a Trail for November 27, 2011. Notice the sharp 8-12 inch stumps that line the muddy trail? Not an advisable place to fall.

Even though the temperature has not dipped below freezing yet this fall, the change of seasons is very evident at Wekiwa. All of the beautiful wildflowers are dead, pine needles and fallen leaves line most of the trails and I saw virtually no animal life during my entire 20 mile ride. Apart from two squirrels and a handful of birds the only wildlife I noticed were swarms of mosquitoes, which are still out in full force.

Oh, wait–I take that back. There were also about a dozen horses there. The owners were just arriving back to the trailhead with them as I was setting off. The first section of trail is a shared horse/bike trail (very sandy) and I spent the first mile or two battling deep sugar sand (it’s not rained in weeks) and dodging huge piles of horse crap every 20 feet. 😀

I’m in the mood to lift, so I think I’m going to go get my leg workout out of the way this morning. Before I sign off, don’t forget that AtLarge’s biggest sale EVER ends today! Don’t miss out, 20% off + a free product… WOW! Details can be found in the Current Promotions section.

John Stone Fitness Comments

2 Responses to “I’ve lost a step or two over the past few weeks.”
  1. That slight increase in HR might have been from the reduced activity due to your rib injury, so it will probably come back quick. Looking forward to seeing what you accomplish with your cut this year!

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