128 days until IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga
I can’t comment on much today. The Iranians are upset with the U.S. The U.S. is upset with the Iranians. Over one billion animals have died in the Australian fires. And backyard hockey rinks are all the rage in Canada.
Do you see why I can’t listen to the news? It’s totally depressing. Even the hockey rink story is depressing because I live in North Carolina, so the closest I get to a backyard rink is the mud hole made by the dogs in the front yard. I think it’s mud.
That’s why I listen to podcasts on my way to work. There are some good ones out there.
This morning’s workout was optional. I’m not sure if “optional” is part of a disciplined plan, but today is different from other training days because tomorrow will be my second FTP test. The FTP test will estimate my power and heart rate at the second lactate threshold.
Do you like the jargon so far? Neither does anyone else.
Let me just say that FTP is a benchmark against which all other workouts are measured. If you are familiar with heart rate or power zones, it might help if I explain it as follows: In the physiological model I’m following, all my training zones are based on that magic FTP number.
But that’s tomorrow.
Today was a very easy zone 1 run on the dreadmill. For me, the upper heart rate of zone 1 is 133bpm, so the workout goal was to keep that heart rate below 130 just to be sure.
Did you notice the shoes? I just bought a pair of Hokas. Many people I know rave about them. I’m not so sure. I’ll give them one more try and if I still feel soreness on the outer edge of my feet, those Hokas are going back.
Stay to the right, pass on the left and keep on smiling