Some interval training

Since my last cycling performance was a touch on the embarrassing side, I’ve decided to try something new. After talking with Steve and my buddy Theo, I’ve begun doing intervals while the bike is in the trainer. And let me tell you, they suck. But they suck in that gasping for breath, I think I’m gonna throw up, stop the world I wanna get off, when it’s over I feel really strong and fit (and lucky to be alive) sort of way.

I’ve been eating lunch out way too often and have since crept up to 180lbs. That is about 15 pounds over where I want to be and where I was at the start of the year. Not hideous, but certainly not going in the right direction.

But anyway, back to the intervals.

I start off with 5 minutes of simple riding just to warm up.

Then for the next 10 minutes it one minute of pedaling as fast I can, then a minute of rest.

After that I ride as best I can for 10 minutes. (Yeah, it takes me that long to recover).

Then for the next 5 minutes it one minute of fast pedaling and one minute of regular.

Then its 5 minutes of just regular pedaling.

For a big finale it’s another 5 minutes on fast and regular pedaling.

I have realized this is just crazy. I’m exhausted and gasping. But from what Theo says, that’s basically the point. I need to get to the point of gasping so I can build my stamina and VO2. He uses a kettle bell and is doing something similar. After a few tries he’s already noticed a difference.

I’ve only done it twice, but it’s insanely hard. I thought it would be easier, but by the time I’m halfway through I’m looking for the easiest gear and a way to jump off bike. Steve said I should do one minute since it’s an easy time and you can convince yourself to hold on for that long. I’m tellin ya, it takes a lot of convincing at times.

Not sure what effect it’s having, but it’s certainly different.

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