Hitting the Hill Reps
Spring must be well and truly here as I’ve been getting out in the real world on my bike. After a winter sat on the turbo trainer it’s nice to be outside in the sunshine – although I do have to say that I’m a little odd in actually liking the discipline and controllability of the turbo trainer. Most people hate it, I actually enjoy it.
After a couple of rides outside whilst on holiday in Dorset, I ‘ve done a few rides home from work here and then on Sunday went for a slightly longer ride. 12 miles into Machynlleth where I went for a fairly hard swim in the pool, followed by another 50 miles on the bike. I must admit that I was struggling a little towards the end though so need to start doing a few more long rides.
The on Monday morning, still a little tired from the day before I headed off on my bike to do some hill reps. I thought I might struggle with these as there aren’t any hills when riding on a turbo trainer, but I did surprisingly well.
Best of all, even though I didn’t break any records, I actually pushed pretty hard on all of the intervals which is always a good sign. It also gave me a chance to try out my Garmin Fenix 3, and add a couple of other activity profiles to it’s settings. One called Biking (Hill Reps) and one called Run (Hill Reps). These are both exactly the same as their respective â€˜Bike’ and â€˜Run’ profiles except for the fact that they have Auto-Lap set to manual only so that I can press the lap button myself at the top and bottom of the hills. I’ll use these profiles for any other manual interval sessions as well. Shame I can’t run at the moment thanks to a foot injury, as the weather is just perfect for outdoor training, and I’d quite like to try out the running dynamics features of my new watch too.