Wednesday, July 8, 2015
I am so over these stupid things. I have been trying Heart Rate training for almost a year now and you know what? I think it sucks! I have tried to give it time, be patient, tried a gazillion different ways of configuring my zones and you know what? I am either doing it completely wrong or it just isn't what it is cracked up to be. Both are highly possible.
Rant #1 - I hate the dang strap. It is awkward, one more piece of gear to remember prior to work outs, if chafes, and I have a hard time believing that we can send a man to the moon, but this is really the best way we can monitor heart rate on an athlete? I really would love for Garmin to find a way to do it without the strap. have sensors on the back of the watch for Pete's sake!
Rant #2 - HR is highly variable. One day a "Zone 2" can feel comfy. The next day is feels pathetically slow. If it is really hot and humid, it feels hard. Most days Zone 2 for me feels like a walk. Literally. Zone 2 for me is about a 14 minute mile. That is a walk, folks! But in trying to "give it a chance" I have tried to stay in Zone 2 and feel like I barely break a sweat. I call them bag runs. Because I want to put a giant bag over my head so no one recognizes me on the run!
Rant #3 - As much as I hate HR training, it does provide good data and I am all about the TSS scores and all in TP, so I feel the need to wear it for data sakes. It literally provides no score with out a HR data. Ugh! So I feel tied to the dang thing!
That's my rant for the day. I may try to meet with people in my tri club to more accurately nail this sucker down and maybe once and for all figure out this is supposed to work!
I much prefer to just go ride. And run. And swim. Just go by feel! If I am feeling good, I will push it that day. If not, back off. If I know I am doing a long run, I will settle in to whatever I feel I can maintain that day for that distance. I am LOVING the fact that my marathon training plan doesn't even mention heart rate! My IMTX plan was dictated entirely by HR! This has been a nice break :)
Rant over. Carry on. Happy Training and racing all!