Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Life After Triathlon

It has been a week and a half since Westchester. It feels like waaaay longer. In the past 10 days I've done more sitting on the couch than I did all summer. Whee! I love sitting on the couch.

Tonight, however, I broke tradition and started an indoor cycling program here in Brooklyn. The program is offered through Jack Rabbit Sports, and is led by Jonathan Cane from City Coach.

The setup is like this: In a local Pilates studio, Jonathan has set up 6 CompuTrainers. The CompuTrainer is a nifty contraption into which you set the back wheel of your bike. Pressure is applied to the back wheel to match a specific course, so that when you hit a hill on the course, it simulates the resistance you'd feel cycling up a hill.

It's really really cool.

Tonight we did a 12M time trial, just to assess our relative fitness levels and abilities. The course was pretty hilly, there were a number of climbs and no flats. (The other thing about the CompuTrainer is that you don't get to coast on downhills, you still have to pedal.) The interface looks like this. I was the little green bike, 2nd from the top. I finished the course in 51 minutes, and had an avg wattage of around 120. I don't know what that means, yet. My avg HR was 183, which is CRAZY high. I guess even after all that triathlon training I'm still out of shape. Heh.

So yeah, now I really want one of these contraptions at home, but the fancy programmable ones are wicked expensive ($1100!). I guess I better draft that letter to Santa...


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