Thursday, March 4, 2010

infernal intervals

if there was a way to reach across the internet and slap someone...

i followed bernard's instructions (he's a friend on dailymile) on interval training today. i warmed up for five minutes and then started the first of four sets of intervals. the first three one-minute-pushing-two-minutes-resting sections of the first set were not too bad. beginning with the fourth section, the pain began. thankfully there were only two more efforts before the first longer break between sets. i rested the regular two minutes and then another five before starting another set.

the second, third and fourth sets of five hard efforts were full of suffering. i would barely get my breathing and heartrate under control and it would be time to push again. the worst part was most of my max efforts, all but one or two of the twenty, began somewhere in the middle of a climb. i know everyone is going to say, "perfect! that's the way it should be!"

if there was a way to reach across the internet and slap someone...

anyway, i finished four sets and did not die. i will retract my earlier "thank you" to bernard and give it to him again if i ever break the 22mph mark. (22.02 miles @ 16.9mph)
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