I used my heart rate monitor again for my run workout. I think I am starting to get addicted to it. There is nothing like having more data to look at on pretty graphs. Today, however, I actually used the heart rate monitor for feedback during my workout. My run for the today was a 45 minute fartlek run with 8x30s bursts at zone 5. So, I headed out on a 12 and half minute warmup ending up at the EGR track. Once there, I basically did the speed bursts as 30 second intervals with 2 minute active recovery between bursts. I stayed pretty consistent on each of the speed bursts with the 6th and 7th intervals being my slowest before picking it back up for the final one. I finished with a 12:30 warm down back home.
For the workout, I programmed the steps into my Garmin with a threshold of zone 5 set for each of the intervals. This way, during the workout, I could check in between intervals to make sure that I met my goal of zone 5 heart rate on the previous interval. It is so cool to be able to focus on the workout without having to constantly keep an eye on the a timer.
As for the “brain” part of my workout, it was more a brainless part. I did two bone headed things. The first was that I forgot to bring water with me. While it was a short workout, it was 80 degrees out and running on the track put me in constant sun. The second thing was even more bone headed. I put on my iPod, queued up my music and then never hit play. So, I did my entire workout wearing an iPod as purely a fashion statement.
My swim workout was slightly less eventful, however, much more congested. It is getting pretty ridiculous up at the pool because two other local pools are closed for the summer which has really increased usage at EGR. I’m going to look into possibly doing an OWS up at Reeds Lake or Millennium Park with a group of people.
I couldn’t find a video (Youtube you have failed me), but I leave you with this:
KRAMER: Got problems Jerry.
JERRY: What happened?
KRAMER: Well I had been swimming for three hours and I was in a real groove so I decided to keep going. But at ten they start the aquasize. Thirty-five geriatrics throwing elbows. It was like I was swimming through a flabby armed spanking machine.
JERRY: How long did that last?
KRAMER: A half hour. Then diving class started. Well, that got a little messy. I gotta find a new place to swim ’cause that pool can’t hold me, Jerry.