Monday, October 2, 2006

Progressive Walk

I wanted to start out rather easy this morning and get progressively faster throughout the workout. I tried it with the heart rate monitor and here are the results:

Mile 1 - 14:15 - 130 bpm
Mile 2 - 13:10 - 151 bpm
Mile 3 - 12:39 - 161 bpm

It looks like I took it too easy at the start and never got up to a very hard effort, but I was pushing myself quite hard. I would have liked to have seen times at least :30 seconds faster all around. I've got plenty of excuses, still recovering from the 18 mile walk a couple of days ago, it was a little wet and slippery this morning and I was a little stiff from too much sleep these last couple of days. I'll try it again later in the week and see if there is any improvement.

As long as I was doing some heart rate monitoring, here are some other readings that I did this morning:

Resting in bed -- 63 bpm
Walking around house -- 80 bpm
Pre-workout warm up -- 90 bpm
Recovery 2-minutes after finishing workout -- 110 bpm

One of the issues that came up in Dave McGovern's clinic was that it took too long for my heart rate to recover to "normal" and some speed work should help with that. In addition, some strength training should help with the speed so it looks like I've got plenty of work to do between those long weekend walks.