Resting heart rate (again)

I’ve talked before about monitoring resting heart rate and how it can help identify when you’re getting fitter (or the opposite). I try and keep an eye on mine, tracking it using my FitBit Blaze watch.

img_2407Trying for a smile at the top of a local Cat 2 climb.

After a period of shall we say, less than ideal physical activity and eating patterns, my resting heart rate crept up to 62bpm. My on-the-bike fitness was suffering and I was most certainly getting lazy! Over the past couple of weeks I’ve started to build the distance/intensity back up and it’s starting to take effect.

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Since doing so I’ve seen my resting heart rate come back down to a much more reasonable 57bpm. It shows that my cardiac fitness is slowly returning. I’m starting to feel like a cyclist again and less like the guy who ate all the pies!

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A week of falling TT records

It’s been a month of falling records on the UK TT scene! First up the men’s 10-mile record was obliterated by Marcin Bialoblocki who clocked a mind blowing time of 16:35 averaging over 36mph to do so. He crushed the old record of 17:20 set by Alex Dowsett and is now the only man ever to go under the 17 minute barrier!

csasspzwyaa74leMarcin Bialoblocki looking 100% aero on his record breaking ride.

James Gullen of Pedal Heaven also went under Dowsett’s old record with a time of 17:09 an incredible ride overshadowed by Marcin’s superhuman effort.

Then a few days later the women’s 10-mile record was also smashed (again). This time Hayley Simmonds took the record back from Anna Turvey, posting a time of 18 minutes 36 seconds to become the only woman ever to have gone under 19 minutes!

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Checking off another of Hobart’s Top 10 Climbs

Before moving to Tassie I did a bit of research on the road cycling scene out here and came across a list of Hobart’s Top 10 Road Climbs on Marc Durdin’s website. It details ten of the best road cycling climbs in the Hobart surrounds, starting with a couple of Cat 4 lumps and moving right through to the numero uno, the big daddy 11-mile Hors Catégorie rated climb of Mount Wellington.

IMG_2392My post-ride face of exhaustion!

Today I rode over the bridge into Hobart to check another one off the list. I first spotted Nelson Road’s unmistakable hairpin bends on Google Earth, the snaking switchbacks marking it out as a must-ride road before I’d even hit Tasmanian soil.

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nelsonThe multiple hairpin corners of Nelson Road were worth the ride over.

It’s a fairly lumpy ride out to Hobart from my place so it’s important to take it  little easy, then once you’re through Hobart city it’s straight up the hill, turn around and roll back down for a quick cafe stop by the harbour, then hopefully have enough in the legs to get home. Today’s ride was a shade over 72 miles with 5120ft of climbing. A great way to kick off the new season and beat my lazy legs into submission!