Saturday, December 03, 2016

On the Mend? I Hope so! With Add-ons ~~~~

Unexpected misadventure on Thursday; this is what happened to me:

Set off from the Briars as I do on Tuesdays and Thursday for another low heart rate run/walk.  Though it was hot at around 10:30am, there was a good breeze and the session was 'light n'easy'!  Finished feeling fine by walking up the grassy hill but the minute I stopped I began to feel terribly nauseous and dizzy.  Intending to rest, I managed to get myself to one of the sets of table and chairs in the shade, just a few metres further on but feeling more and more ill with every step.

I sat down and then I don't know what happened or how long after sitting but I came to, to find myself on the ground; it happened in a flash; no warning, nothing until I regained consciousness!  No idea how long I was out to it, but I think only a few seconds.  I realized this was serious stuff going on so got myself into the Briars, wobbled across the dining room where guests were having lunch and asked one of the staff to call the ambulance!

Into emergency at Bowral Hospital where I was hooked up to all sorts of contraptions and blood samples taken several times during the day.  Seems that the blood tests showed low sugar levels, dehydration and some enzyme that's released into the blood stream when there's been some heart damage.  Allowed home later.

Next week I'm to have a stress test, called a Myocardial Perfusion Scan, at the Nuclear Medicine Centre, Bowral.  I hope to know more about what happened then and will post here any results I get.  Oh, what a day it was!  And, mistakenly, I deleted that run from my Garmin and I'm so cross with myself, because that's the one run I'd have liked to check my heart rate!!  Anyhow, I know I was keeping at 98 to 108 bpm so I'm certain I wasn't pushing myself at all; quite the opposite, I was taking it easy.  You never know what's ahead....around the corner or, in this case, at the top of the hill!!

Add-on :  5/12/16...Found out that Thursday's test will take from 4 to 5  hours! Wondering if lunch is included?

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

More Drills ~~~~~

Warm-up easy jog 25 minutes, Scarlett Street, then 1 set Magill drills alternating with strides; 5 minutes walking cool-down.  That's it for today! Just remembered...I did a few front and backwards lunges and step ups as well! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

More of the Same ~~~~

Low heart rate run/walk; Bowral parkrun course, detour into Phillip Street, turnaround at Elizabeth Street, back to Briars.

60 minutes

AHR 103 bpm ( 72% of max.)
MHR 130 bpm (90% of max.)

TE  Maintaining!

Another lovely morning in this perfect location for an easy run; very warm, cool breeze.  More running than walking on way out, the reverse on the way back.  Note to self : don't forget the fly repellent on Thursday!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Bowral Parkrun ~~~~~

A miserably slow one for me this morning!  Lots of walking and difficulty breathing from the beginning to the end!

5km in 39:11

85.62% age graded

AHR 118bpm    (82% of max.)
MHR 144bpm   (100% of max.)!

TE   3.6.... Improving!

Don't understand why this 5km was so difficult and surprised I felt so exhausted so soon.  Oh well, another one ticked off!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Drilling! ~~~

A few of Pete Magill's drills this morning ... that's all till tomorrow's Bowral Parkrun.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Less Walking/More Easy Running! ~~~~~

 Bowral Parkrun Course + detour to the end of Phillip Street
This morning has to be what truthfully can be called 'the perfect spring morning'!  The sun, warm but not hot; the breeze, cool but not cold.  That's how it was on our Bowral parkrun course where I ran/walked keeping a low heart rate and happy to see that I did a whole lot more easy running and far less walking than on Tuesday.  Simply, the most beautiful morning for a run on our stunning course beside the river. 

I left the cycle path at the detour into Phillip Street and followed it to where Phillip Street meets Elizabeth Street.  This was exactly 30 minutes and the turnaround point back to the cycle path and eventually to Briars from where I started.

60 minutes keeping heart rate between 98 and 108 bpm.

AHR 104 bpm (72% of max.)
MHR 119 bpm (83% of max.)

Avg. Cadence 156 spm
Max. Cadence 194 spm
Cadence set to 180 spm

TE  2.5  =  Maintaining!!

A most enjoyable hour!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Lotsa Walk Breaks! ~~~~~

So hot on Bowral parkrun cycle path this morning even though there was a breeze and I started around 9:30am.  To keep HR between 98 and 108 bpm I needed to take many walk breaks today and walked the grassy hill practically all the way up, but letting fly - hmmm! - for last few metres to practise for a parkrun finish on Saturday!

60 minutes @ low HR  (7km)

AHR  104 bpm (72% of max.) ..... good!
MHR 127 bpm  (88% of max.)

TE   2.5  =  Maintaining!

Bowral Parkrun Course Plus!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Stationary Bike ~~~~

Dragged out from under its cover, the stationary bike surprisingly had gathered no cobwebs since last used many months ago.  Instead of a low heart rate run, I changed the session to a low heart rate cycle and I was surprised to find it a significantly more strenuous workout compared with the low heart rate runs I've been doing recently, but then I'm no cyclist and so it's difficult for me to compare both.  I enjoyed the workout and the statistics/comparisons with running, as I felt them, are as below:

Keeping HR between 98 - 108 bpm

:  warm-up took longer to reach 98 bpm than it does with running
:  had to work harder to get there ....
:  used resistance 4 (of 8 tension settings) to keep HR up and it was tiring..... and I was sweating!
:  HR spiked at 116bpm for a few seconds, but mostly within 98-108 range
:  cool down free cycling till HR in 70s bpm

Total 9km in 32 minutes

Summing up...  this was a more strenuous 30 minutes than I would have felt had I been running, which proves I need to incorporate more cross-training of this kind in my program!   I intend to do just that in the weeks ahead.