Recovery cross-train workout on the elliptical at work. Kim is being very cautious with her IT band and decided take a rest day. Smart on her part I think and we'll be super cautious tomorrow as well when we attempt a run down the last part of the SGM course. Nate the Great massage dude worked us over again last night and I feel absolutely super today, best I've felt for ages but I'll still refrain from any fast running until next week some time and then only a few miles at marathon pace.
Well I finally broke down and bought a new toy - Garmin 305. It wasn't much use today on the elliptical but I did try out the HR monitor. Since I was feeling so good I decided to do a simulated marathon pace 10-mile tempo "run" on the elliptical. I just kind of went by feel what felt like marathon pace should feel like. I may have been closer to 1/2 marathon effort for some of the workout, I think I averaged what would probably equate to a 6:40-7:00 min running pace.
Interesting to look at the HR graph that I get when I upload the garmin data to the PC. My HR jumped up above 150 within the first minute then gradually worked up to 170 within the first 10 minutes. I stayed pretty much between 170-180 after than, right around 175 most of the time. Just for fun the last mile I tried really cranking away to simulate more of a sprint or "kick" and my HR gradually climbed from 180 reaching a max of 190 at the end. It will be interesting to get some running HR data to get some idea what my heart does during various types of workouts.
It's clear to me that the basic formulas for estimating max HR are pretty bogus at least in my case. Most formula put my max HR around 175-180 for a 43 yr old guy but obviously mine is higher than that.
So Kim and I are now off to SG for some R&R and to celebrate 22 yrs together. It's been a wild, fun, crazy ride and I'm looking forward to our next 22 years and beyond!