Last night was my first official workout on the official coach training plan. The plan: one hour long bike at a Zone 2 heartrate, followed by a three mile run (also in Zone 2). A brick.
For me, a heartrate of Zone 2 is probably only a max of 111, but I was told to just keep it under 140. (Because honestly, working at a heartrate of 111 would mean I was sitting on my couch).
The thing I underestimated about Zone 2, is that while it’s theoretically managable, two straight hours of training in Zone 2 is tough. Tough enough that I shed my shirt and was pounding the treadmill in a sports bra only. A frightful sight. Terrors.
This is the base building theory. Keeping tabs on my heartrate and maintaining a relaxed body and mind. I did it. One training session down, about 10,000 more to go. And now, just to fend off the flu.