The Keymaster Workout
I started in my new digz/location at work today. I'm not thrilled with the set up and location of my non-cubical, non private, odd location desk and work station, but it could be a hell of a lot worse! Many folks blew the set up way out of proportion, and got folks all fired up (including me!). You would think after 16 years of work place gossip and bitcing I'd know truth from fiction.
I'm not gonna get too comfy where I am by any means. Apparently little old ME and my works station location was a pawn in a three or four way managerial pissing contest that seems to still be going on. Suits! I just don't get 'em. I'm also not gonna let anyone know that I don't think my area is really all that bad. Or they will surely feel that their mission to f*ck me has been left incomplete and I will surely be moved somewhere worse!
I'm also not going to get too comfy because I DO need to move on. The newspaper industry is dying and I need to get some experience in other design areas. I really need to look into either taking a class or teaching myself more web based graphics applications. I don't want to learn code or serious HTML, but getting familiar with some of the other Adobe web based application couldn't hurt and could only help my rusty design skills. OR I might just do something completely NON design oriented. If I can find a job I dig for people I ACTUALLY dig then maybe the next 45 years of work won't be so bad!
I really apologize for blathering about my work recently not to mention my plethora of health issues. But as much as I like to separate riding, racing and training from real life. Real life can play a part in just how all that plays out. There's a great post over on Belgium Knee Warmers about when "real life" sticks it's shit covered nose into our cycling lives. I recommend checking it out.
Work, life stress, and weather, especially at this supposed "joyful" time of the year, can throw training a real c*ck block. Immune systems get wrecked, illnesses can set in, and what was supposed to be "fun" can begin to feel like work. Watch it folks. Better to error on the side of fewer quality training hours, rather than a ton of "shit training". At least that's my 2¢ . Which at today's inflation, current APRs, and my lack of talent is worth roughly NEGATIVE .27¢.
I was forced to the trainer for a short, but hard session tonight. A set of twenty 30 Second Intervals with one minute recoveries between each. They hurt and I pack a lot of pain into 45 minutes. Every time I do a quick, but painful workout like today's, I think of a line from the movie Ghost Busters. It was said by the character Louis Tully (played by Rick Morainis).
Tully is talking to the character "Dana Barrett" about a workout he did and says- "I taped a 20 Minute Workout and played it back at high speed so it only took ten minutes and I got a really good workout." That's what I call doing intervals with the Keymaster!
The big problem I've been having on the trainer this year is getting my hear rate high enough. I have to go REALLY ballz out to get my heart rate to where it is during even a moderate ride outside. I've tried different tensions, gears, etc., Not sure how to get it up to mimic real ride conditions. Or if there's a rough margin of error in On The Trainer Heart Rates and Real Ride Heart Rates? Any info folks? Time to hit Google.
Lots of eBayed goods to send out tomorrow. Trek sold, wheels sold, now I just have to send them out. Finding a box to fit a 29er wheel set was a pain in the friggin' ass! I had to build a ghetto wheel box from an old frame box. It's NOT pretty, but should get them there safe.