Medium-high intensity cardio workout; Casually checking out road bikes.
Yesterday morning I didn’t have time to train because I had to take Loki to the vet for an early appointment (nothing is wrong–it was just time for his monthly Percorten-V shot). I decided to do a mid-afternoon cardio workout that I’ve not done in quite some time: 45 minutes of medium-high intensity cardio on the recumbent bike.
For this workout I try to average about 85% of my maximum heart rate (my max is 202 BPM, so that’s roughly 170 BPM for me) over a period of 45 minutes. What I do is set the base resistance on my bike a few difficulty levels above what I use for fasted LISS cardio, and then spin at around 90-100 RPM (which is the same cadence I use at a lower resistance when doing LISS cardio). Also, during the workout I’ll randomly bump the resistance even higher to simulate hills and spike my heart rate above my target average. It’s quite a workout. I need to point out that you should never attempt this workout in a fasted state; that would be extremely counterproductive (and you’d probably pass out anyway).
For some reason maintaining an average of 170 BPM on the indoor trainer is much harder than it is on a mountain bike. I’m not sure why that is. When I’m mountain biking I can maintain 170 BPM for hours on end. For example, my average heart rate on the 42 mile mountain bike ride this past Sunday was 171 BPM, and that was over a period of more than 4 hours. I don’t think I could maintain that level on the indoor trainer for even half that time: yesterday when I completed my 45 minute workout I was fairly well exhausted.
So yesterday’s blog sure sparked a great deal of discussion. One of the subjects that was discussed heavily in the comments section was road cycling.
Even though I doubt I’ll ever find road biking anywhere nearly as fun or satisfying as mountain biking, I know of very few strong XC mountain bikers who don’t do at least some amount of training on a road bike. Clearly a road bike is something I need to strongly consider as a mountain biking training tool.
In the comments section of yesterday’s blog JSF member “madamert” linked to Bikes Direct, and I spent some time there yesterday browsing around. I was surprised by how reasonable their prices are on what appear to be very quality bikes. For example, check out this Motobecane Immortal Pro Carbon Fiber road bike: just $1295, no tax and free shipping. That’s a pretty incredible price for a full carbon bike using very high quality components. It weighs in at just 15.7 pounds! Does anyone have an experience with Bikes Direct and/or Motobecane? I’d love to hear your thoughts.