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Mad Dawg Meeting the Challenges

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Monday marks the beginning of the Peloton "Game of Zones" Power Zone training challenge. 8- weeks, 3 days/week of training on the stationary bike with some optional strength training added in. The Peloton bikes include software that measures the cadence (how fast/slow the pedals are turning), the resistance (how hard it is to pedal), and that output (cadence + resistance = output). Take a 20 minute test ride to establish a baseline, then train just under that output. Over time, you become a stronger cyclist, you take the test again, get a new output measure and you are off.

The beauty of this is that anyone can do a power zone class and everyone in that class is working as hard as the other. The instructor tells you what cadence you should be pedaling at, and what the desired output (zone) is and you adjust your resistance to get to that output. I did one baseline test and I was so freaked out by the comments of people who have done this before, that I held back thinking it was going to be so much harder at the end. The result is that I'm not working at full capacity now. I know I can work harder. Monday, I will retake the test and this time I know I'll work much harder. I am looking forward to it.

The lovely bit for this software is that I plug in my average output from the baseline test and that calculates what the output should be for the different zones. So zone 1 is the easy-peasy zone. Zone 7 is the "I want to die" zone. This is the chart for today's ride:

Today's ride was a "endurance " ride, so the training had us cycling between zones 3 and 5. I kept slipping up into 6. And this is part of the training, too. Learning how to pay attention to your body, the rhythms of the cycling. It's challenging and fun. The hour on the bike flew by.

Well, Sparkers, today is the end of my first week for my personal challenge: Bike/Run 2019 miles in 2019.

41.6 miles. Right on target

Here's a map of my progress if that interests you:

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