05/31/06

Location =  Tijeras NM  
Distance =  22.80
Time =  1:34:31
Ave. Speed =  14.4
Max. Speed =  38.5
Monthly Dist. =    344.88
Yearly Dist. =  1385.53

I had such a good time in Durango, racing against the train, (and myself), that I decided to continue to build upon my trainig. I found a book in a bookstore there, called, "The Heart Rate Monitor Book For Cyclists". I've had a heart rate monitor for a couple of years, but I've never really used it, mostly because I didn't know how. I've read the first couple of chapters in the book, and it has provided me with some guidance and techniques, for getting stronger.

When I got home from work today, I strapped on the HRM, and headed down the mountain. I was mostly in my biggest gears, and I pedalled with lots of effort, all the way down to the freeway. I managed to hit a maximum heart rate of 194 beats per minute. For the climb back up the mountain, I was mostly in the 150s bpm. Not bad for a first time out. I can see where the HRM could be a useful tool in gaining strength and fitness. I think that I will use it again this weekend, when I attempt a climb up to the Sandia Crest.

It was a very pleasant afternoon, with temps in the 80s, and not too windy. I stopped at the little grocery store on the way back to the house, to get some milk. They didn't have any skim milk, so I had to settle for a half gallon of 2%. The lady in the store said that people up here just don't seem to buy skim milk, so they don't stock it. Oh well.



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