Gadgets are great – The Garmin was successfully installed and I’ve discovered all about cadence and max heart rate.
Cadence is the number of times your legs spin per minute, preferably whilst pedalling. It good to spin, especially uphill which is where I’ll be going in a couple of months. I’ve consulted my friends at the Dulwich Paragon and the way to do big climbs is to spin. This translates to – when going uphill, keep pedalling, preferably quite quickly. The theory is fine. Apparently, anything less than 60 rpm is not to be encouraged.
Heart rate. The great garmin, also lets me know my heart rate. When I am wheezing uphill and trying not to feint, it bleeps and shows about 180. This is probably my max although I could probably get to 190.
Presumably I should not maintain this level of effort for any length of time otherwise, it will probably reach 210 and then I will in all likelihood go bang!
So, armed with my max heart rate, what next? – No idea. Do I aim to train at a lower level? Hard if I’m constantly going up hill.
Anyway, this week, managed two ascents of Swains Lane earlier in the week, hence the 180 heart rate, followed by a quick dash up said hill today. To.day was not without incident. The Garmin had a flat battery so the record breaking ascent could not be tracked and I fell off mid climb. Knocked off would be more accurate as a car nudged me whilst climbing uphill. Suffice to say, no damage apart from a small dent in my knee.
Next week’s challenge is three ascents.
My immediate challenge is to find a riad that will acccomadate two bikes two riders and their demands for post race beer.
A question to all the followers of the blog – Does anyone know what the road from Marrakech to Ouka , especially the surface is like. Can I use my slicks (all I have) or do I need to consider grippier tyres (hope not)?
Also, what is the temperature going to be like – Long sleeves, wooly jumper, parka etc or short sleeves and flip flops.