Sidelined in a dastardly manner and watching the zeros pile up on my calendar has led me to a new training regime whilst I wait for further medical diagnosis/prognosis.
Taking into account my doc’s advice that I can still be active, just no gunning for PR’s, and the HR threshold of my weird blood pressure condition, I’m embarking on an extended block of MAF aerobic training.
Caveat being, I can’t physically do a ramp test to get current FTP or HRmax levels, however, I was at a similar non-active level when I started TR last fall, so will extrapolate from the values of that ramp test. As well, using the MAF HR formula: [180-Age (-10*)] coincides almost perfectly with my threshold HR/BP. That HR level also coincides rather well with my lowest Z2 power (~55% FTP).
*( the -10 is for injury/illness/medication/etc., anything effecting your normal physiology)
It all boils down to doing slow/boring 2-3 hour ultra low-Z2 rides – 2 3hr weekend rides and 2-3 2hr weekday rides, for ~12hr/wk Z2 work. Basically, an 80/20 plan but without the 20. This, of course, is all dependent on what my heart decides to do.
The MAF recommendation is a minimum 3-month block which will take me through most of the summer (and in the land o’ “free” health care, is probably my wait time for cardiologist response). The best possible outcome will be some medical miracle which will allow me to keep training and racing and heading into the fall I’ll have built a substantial aerobic base for next season.
(I’m stealing one of @Landis’ b-day candles to make my own wish! )
VO2: 4 l/min /58 ml/kg/min
See you in the slow lane!