Ride To Conquer Cancer – Melbourne – October 26 – 27, 2013
The ATS Base Kit all ready for action.
- Beating my Humevale PB by 29 minutes.
- Getting up a climb that previously I needed to stop half way to catch my breath.
- Comfortably sitting on 36kmph – with no wind assistance on the long flat stretch that is Plenty Road.
These are things that I thought that I could never achieve. But now, thanks to ATS, I am realising that I can achieve much more than I ever thought.
|All hooked up!|
After putting in a big effort to get to the top of Humevale
So, from here, I can’t wait to see what more I can do. I have barely taken the plastic off the unit and already I cannot talk any more highly (pardon the pun) about it. And I can’t wait to be able to follow my structured training program and test my ability on the road. My aims have always been to complete – no compete! Perhaps climbing mountains from sea level may just change that aim?
E2 = 30 mins, 35kmph, 85rpm (and higher resistance)
10,8,10 = A quick high intensity work out I do when time is of the essence. After a 5 minute warm up, it is 10 minutes as hard as I can go. High resistance, high RPM, High HR ... then 8 mins recovery before another 10 minute blast. It's quick but very effective. The aim is to work at 80% of MHR for the 10 minute blocks.
On starting, my HR was 89 and my SPO2% was 99.
After 5 minutes my HR was 135 and SPO2% was 93.
5 minutes later, my HR was 145 and SPO2% was 89.
Then 5 minutes later I had the same readings.
I then increased the base unit to 6.5 (16%).
Within 5 minutes my HR was at 160 and SPO2% was 87.
At this point I was noticing that I was really drawing my breathes in and started to feel a bit light headed. I then removed the mask and continued my session. I felt like I had been sucking on helium balloons - the only way I can draw a comparisson to how I felt.
On starting, my HR was 90 and my SPO2% was 99.
Over 10 minutes, my HR climbed to 155 and my SPO2% went down to 87.
From here, it remained consistent for the following 5 minutes. I then increased my resistance and I found that I was really struggling. At the 20 minute mark, I had to remove the mask. This is the first time I have felt that I was fighting for my breath. The great thing is, once you remove the mask, you can breathe again :)
I set the Base Unit to 6.5 (16%)
A 5 minute warm up and then I attached the mask.
This followed with 20 minutes of hard spin. I just fell into the zone and went with it and if each session could be like this, I would do it every day. My HR was consistent at 160 and my SPO2% was sitting at 87.
45 minutes and I achieved what normally would have taken over an hour and a half without the Altitude Trainer in terms of calorie burn.
Tuesday - 10,8,10 at Sea Level or a road crit ride for 30 minutes.
Wednesday - E2 using the Base Unit at 6.5. Aim is to use the mask for the full 30 minutes and then increase my ride time to 45 minutes.
Thursday - Rest Day
Friday – Swim
Saturday - Road Ride - 50km flat combined with core strength work.
Sunday - Road Ride - 25km Hills or 60km combining a 45km flat ride with a 7.5km ascent/descent or E1,E2 combination with the aim to improve during each session.
I am also working with David from ATS with guidence on my training. I have a series of base tests that I will perform and chart my results. These results will become part of my regular posts, so stay tuned :)