29 January 2012

The Workout Where I Almost Lost It

So this morning I hopped on my trainer for a little ride. No big deal, right? Ohhhh no, there was so much drama going on in my basement this morning. Blame it all on the new heart rate zones I'm using. Ugh (in a good and bad way. Good - hopefully I will get faster. Bad - it takes alot of work to hit the prescribed zones sometimes. Today was one of those times). The last bit of the workout called for some Zone 4 effort and I Could. Not. Get. Into. Zone. 4. I was standing up on my bike, I was sprinting, I was huffing and puffing. Until it finally happened. And with each pedal stroke, I was getting more and more angry. I had this overwhelming urge to shriek, get off my trainer, and throw my bike across the room. It was the same frustrated feeling that I would have as a kid and my little brother would do something that would totally send me over the edge or I would be sent to my room as punishment and there was nothing else I could do but shriek at the top of my lungs at the injustice of it all (yes my parents were saints for putting up with me). However, unlike my tween-aged self, I didn't scream or throw my bike across the room. I gritted my teeth, pedaled harder, and eventually got my HR to where it was supposed to be, and finished the workout, both me and my bike in one piece.

Last night I got to spend time with some of my favorite people - my Aunt Amy, her two cute kids Lilly and Xander, and my cousin Charlotte. I don't get to see Charlotte nearly enough and it was a treat to have dinner with her (and Amy) last night and get caught up on each others' lives.


ADC said...

I am glad there was no bike-throwing in the basement. You will get faster.

Em said...

Getting into Zone 4 on the trainer is definitely a PITA...I feel your frustration. But on the upside, I believe that trainer work-outs can be a lot harder than outside riding and high Zone 3 on the trainer can definitely pass for Zone 4 :-) ... at least that's what I tell myself when I have those days.

Caroline said...

Thanks for the encouragement. Jen just e-mailed me to and told me this was pretty normal. And it's good to know that it's just extra hard to get the HR up there while on the trainer - I thought I was doing something wrong!