The Measures of Cycling Success
Now that I’ve started cycling indoors my mind is preoccupied with the measures of success.
I bought pieces of technology to give me stats, but what should I make of them?
I instinctively compare cycling to running, but it’s difficult.
I examine the time on the saddle, but the mileage and speed don’t easily equate to distance in my barefoot shoes.
My heart rate is lower on the bike than when running, but I can’t seem to get it higher.
I know that over 20 mph for one hour is not as impressive as it first sounds.
My revolutions per minute is another puzzle to solve.
Instead my perception of effort and sweat on my forehead are more reliable indicators of my workout.
I feel as if I am maintaining a 8 or 9 out of 10 throughout and I have to keep wiping my brow to avoid sweat stinging my eyes.
As I continue to research the comparison between my beloved sport and my cross-training sport I have to simply trust that I am not losing my endurance fitness (even if I’m not improving it).
My marathon is now only a month away…
1 hour cycle at increasingly faster pace
(average 21.9 mph and 97 rpm)
Another sweaty hour (at an average speed of 21.9 mph) on my #turbo trainer this morning.
Great #BulkPowders protein smoothie afterwards.
— David A. Church (@GroundedRunner) September 19, 2018