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"Take these chains from my heart and set me free....."(2 posts)

"Take these chains from my heart and set me free....."funknuggets
Jun 6, 2003 5:49 AM
A perfect song lyric to express my current feelings. I want to also express my extreme thanks to those who have responded to some of my questions regarding my recent issues with "overtraining", heartrate questions, and issues I have had with the Friel training plan.

In those conversations, I heard repeatedly from some who I would consider 'purists' who have done away with HR monitors and/or computers to ride to ride and not be encumbered on the ride with worrying about numbers, avearages, and zones, et cetera.

I have experienced a flat/lull in my training and have felt really flat on the bike as of late. I couldn't figure it out. I realized that my reliance upon the HR monitor to determine whether I was going to hard or too easy was chaining me to the Friel plan. So, with those purists in mind, I tossed the HR monitor and feel free as a freaking bird. My first "tempo" ride without obsessing on HR resulted in the fastest 20 mile return commute from work so far this year. Bye bye HR monitor.

I realize that there are benefits to HR training, but I think there are definite psychological detriments to training specifically on the data... for me anyway. I will use it on the trainer or on recovery days... and grab it again when I go back to base training... but as for now... later.

So sayeth the funk.
Next - pitch the bike computer.Spoke Wrench
Jun 6, 2003 6:28 AM
I don't use computers on the bikes that I ride most often. I find that when I have one, I'm constantly fretting over speed, average speed, distance, all of that stuff. When I'm riding a bike that doesn't have a computer, I just enjoy the ride.

By the way, somebody has to be the slowest and laziest rider who regularly posts on this forum. I'm a contender for that honor.