Archive for February, 2008

Starting to get Fit: Month 1

OK, after I’ve stopped doing kickboxing, I really didn’t do much training at all. Sure, I took excessively long walks (some way longer than 20k) which were good and fun, but it wasn’t really continuous.  And it took a long time to do such walks. And, my selection of wearable pants has grown smaller at an alarming rate…  Now, I don’t have any ambitions to get back to the weight of my “old” running days (with a BMI of less than 19) or the rigorous and time consuming training of kickboxing. I’m not really built for kickboxing, anyhow.
My basic assumptions are:
1)    I am lazy, so the training has to be efficient.
2)    While I love running, I can’t do it for too long distances due to knee problems.
3)    I want to be able to do it on my own time.
4)    Focus on general conditioning, not strength.

So, I decided to use pulse based training (to ensure efficiency) and to start of by using my old training bike. Yeah, I guess there are a lot of those around, unused, as was mine. I started out doing 15 minutes training three times a week. I also started to use my old Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) to keep myself in the right training zone (70 – 79 % of maximum heart rate to get the most endurance training, while keeping the impact low). And I took my resting heart rate, which is a great way to get a feel for your general level of fitness. Mine was around 66, which for me is staggeringly high. At peak fitness I had about 50, and it has been a long while since I had over 60. Over the next two weeks I raised the amount of training to 3×20 and then 3×25… I quickly realized that there were far cooler HRM’s available than my old one (even if it works quite fine, there is always the love of gizmos…) and I set my sights on the Polar T11, which supposedly had all these nifty fitness functions. After talking to a sales clerk at the local sport store, I realized that the more running oriented RS200 was far superior. After a bunch of trouble, I did end up with the better model, RS400SD with a foot pod, IR-interface and all kinds of nifty stuff. And, yeah, I love it. A tad to big to wear as a normal watch, but looks great.  After spending a while reading up on the watch, and there is plenty to learn, I designed my own training program. The goal is to do four sets of training each week, with an added swimming session at times, but never more than five sessions a week. One session is interval training, and if the weather permits, there is one running session each week. This will be increased to two sessions a week in the future, if the knees permit it.
After the first month of training, my resting heart rate seems to have dropped a bit, so I am at around 63. I do love the training, being in the third zone (70 – 80 %) means that the sessions are hard, but not too hard. Interval sessions are really hard, however, but that is just once a week.
All in all, I feel good! Have been looking at some small triathlons, it would be cool to do an Olympic distance triathlon in the future… You got to have goals!


February 4, 2008 at 16:03 Leave a comment

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