In order not to get too far behind on clicking off the 112 miles of "bike" time I am working towards (as part of the CTER 140.6), I drug my ass to the YMCA tonight. I called Susan and hinted at her going with me, but I think she thought I was nuts (it was 7 PM when I called and after 8:30 when I finally went). I did stop by her house to get instructions on taking care of her dog this weekend and then headed over to get on the stationary bike. I haven't bitten the financial bullet to buy a road bike or a trainer so unless we get some warmer weather (fingers crossed), most of the 112 miles will be done like this (ugh!).
I put on my music and just started cranking away. I had set the workout program to "random" to try to simulate riding outside. I set the "average effort level" as "10" (but I don't know out of how many that is). As I rode, I watched my RPM and MPH. When I ride on the road (on my mountain bike), I think I average 10-12 mph. I tried to go a little "faster". I don't have any way to know what my RPM is on my regular bike. And I don't own a heart rate monitor. When I ride outside, I just try to make sure there are at least a few times in the ride that I feel like I am about to die and then call it good. The bike at the Y is a really nice LifeFitness model with the little metal heart rate monitor grips. I have no idea if these are even remotely accurate, but I tried to keep it close to 160 bpm (??).
Gee, can you tell I have no idea what I am doing with this? When I finished, the screen told me that in 49:24 min, I went 12.00 miles, "climbed" 5165 feet, averaged 14.57 mph and had an average heart rate of 158. All I really know is that I was a sweaty mess and I was glad it was time to go home and shower. Part of the time I could really feel the resistance change, but I had almost no time I felt like dying. Should I change the effort level? Is this even somewhat representative of bike training? I want to get outside, but I am a bit of a wuss when it comes to freezing temps on the bike. The forecast is for warmer temps tomorrow (when of course I'll be in KC all day) and mid-40's for the weekend. We'll see what the weekend brings.
Regardless, this inches me a bit closer to the goal (deadline 3/10):
As an aside, tonight I signed my kids and myself up to repeat the Pewaukee (WI) Triathlon. My son will "age up" into slightly longer distances. I really should get him to at least attempt to do some training this time (last time he was in the 7-10 age group and the distance weren't that bad for him). My daughter has been stoked to do another tri since doing this one last year and coming in 4th. With a little luck, she might get some hardware this year. :) This was my first tri (last year) and my goal then was to just finish. I'd like to improve all of my times from last year which seems like it should be doable. I don't expect to be crazy fast, but just not as slow. :) My sis, her husband, his cousin, and her father-in-law are all going to do the race again this year. Kind of cool family event! I still need to sign up for some other races as I figure out schedules. Haven't plunked down money on any others yet.