Author Topic: Lockdown fitness  (Read 1752 times)

Re: Lockdown fitness
« Reply #25 on: April 22, 2020, 08:34:05 pm »
Resting pulse rate has gone from about 46 bpm to 60.

Background Covid-related anxiety?

Re: Lockdown fitness
« Reply #26 on: April 22, 2020, 08:36:31 pm »
Well, in all seriousness, my sleep has been heavily disturbed since about 2 weeks before lockdown. Often waking up at 2am, wide awake for a few hours. Could be a factor.

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Re: Lockdown fitness
« Reply #27 on: April 22, 2020, 10:20:50 pm »
I suspect the sleep thing.

I’m doing 5 days a week; have done one outdoor ride this week and last. Around an hour. The rest has been indoors. I’m also walking the dog.

Re: Lockdown fitness
« Reply #28 on: April 23, 2020, 11:52:14 am »
I'm struggling a bit, I rely on work to get my exercise so finding the motivation to do exercise for the sake of it rather than just sitting around the house is really difficult!

I've dug out an old bike and do half hour most days but I could/should be doing a lot more, as ever motivation is zero.

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Re: Lockdown fitness
« Reply #29 on: April 23, 2020, 03:30:38 pm »
Lucky enough to have invested a long time ago in a Concept II Rowing Machine that sits in the garage.  So am training for a marathon (42195m) on that in 10 days time - that gives me 3 - 4 days a week.  Then 2 runs (45 - 50min) per week.  Plus gardening without powertools.  Although that did give me tennis elbow from scarifying the lawn manually.

I might reintroduce some cycling after the rowing marathon as I suspect that after a 3 hour session on the ergo I will need a break from it.
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Re: Lockdown fitness
« Reply #30 on: April 23, 2020, 03:55:38 pm »
Here's a weird one...

Normal working day: 12 mile commute at brisk pace, twice a day, 3 days a week. During day I rarely sit, or stand still. Maybe 3 runs a week.

Lockdown: No commute. 3 runs a week. 30 mile ride most days.

Resting pulse rate has gone from about 46 bpm to 60.

Vo2 max, however, has increased by 3 (garmin)

So one marker suggests that I am fitter, the other that I am less fit  ;D
I think the fitness effect of being on your feet all day and constantly moving a bit, even just between desk and board, is vastly underrated. I felt the effect instantly when I went from teaching (TEFL, not proper teaching but equivalent for this) to a desk job. (Not that I would claim to have been "fit" to begin with but the decline was instant).
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Re: Lockdown fitness
« Reply #31 on: April 24, 2020, 01:24:11 pm »
Failed on W3D2C2 of 100 pushup challenge. Needed to do at least 19 in the last set but only managed 15. Week 3 again next week, not looking forward to W3D3C2 tomorrow but will try and do as much as I can which should make repeating the week easier.

I'm also 36m away from completing Strava's "April Walk Challenge" which was 15h of walking (moving time, not elapsed time, and it doesn't count Run activities) and that should be ticked off when we go out for a family walk this afternoon.

I was 96.4kg on the weigh day before lockdown began, and was 93.75kg this morning, weight is tracking nicely down.
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Re: Lockdown fitness
« Reply #32 on: April 24, 2020, 03:27:06 pm »
100 pushup challenge ....

Hmmm, might give that a go.

Re: Lockdown fitness
« Reply #33 on: April 24, 2020, 05:03:32 pm »
100 pushup challenge ....
Over how many days?

Re: Lockdown fitness
« Reply #34 on: April 24, 2020, 05:07:46 pm »
All depends on your current strength:

https://hundredpushups.com/index.html

It's about building up to be able to do 100 in one go.

That's a lot different from being able to do 100 in sets of 10 with a 60s gap between each set. I could do that now, but the most I've done in one go without a break is 22.

I'm on week 3 but I've already failed one day this week so I'll need to repeat the week. I expect it to take 10 weeks for me as I'm sure I'll have to repeat more weeks in the future.
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Re: Lockdown fitness
« Reply #35 on: April 24, 2020, 05:12:20 pm »
Since this wouldn't have happened without lockdown I'll put this here.

I've been dieting (11kg gone) and exercising a bit during this weird time. Couch to 2k is going slowly but today I got the bike out. I haven't ridden it in about 2 years. So I pumped up the tyres and off I went. It's a very heavy bike and I was never a fast rider so this wasn't going to win any medals. 22km mostly flat. It seemed fine but my legs are feeling it now.

I've been using a wrist heart monitor on my walk/runs which seemed, in comparison to a chest monitor, to be recording stuff accurately. So I used it today. This is the first 25 mins of it:

Is this credible? I've never tried heart monitoring on a bike ride before so I've no idea what to expect.
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Re: Lockdown fitness
« Reply #36 on: April 24, 2020, 05:19:09 pm »
Sadly that seems common for wrist based HR monitoring. Seems OK then decides that your heart can't be that high and drops right down, then slowly builds up again.

Here's an example from two days ago. It was a 50 odd minute walk at a steady pace, no real elevation changes, no stairs:-



I would have expected it to be somewhere around the 110bpm mark the entire route but it obviously struggled.

The optical Polar OH1+ I have is much better, I wear that just below the bicep and it works well for running, the wrist based optical HR is nowhere near reliable enough for running.
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nicknack

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Re: Lockdown fitness
« Reply #37 on: April 24, 2020, 05:23:58 pm »
It's a bit odd isn't it? The highest figure on my log is 175. I would have thought I might have noticed it at the time but I never seemed to work particularly hard. I'll drag out the old chest monitor (non recording) and see if they agree next time.
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Re: Lockdown fitness
« Reply #38 on: April 27, 2020, 01:05:13 pm »
It's a bit odd isn't it? The highest figure on my log is 175. I would have thought I might have noticed it at the time but I never seemed to work particularly hard. I'll drag out the old chest monitor (non recording) and see if they agree next time.
Useless, it is.
I went for a very similar ride this morning with the chest monitor as well as the wrist one. Agree? Ha! Sometimes 50+ difference. The wrist one appears to not like any sort of vibration so if I take my hand off the handlebars then it agrees with the chest one. So not a lot of use for cycling. Max on wrist was 154 on some random flat bit, max on chest one was 137 whilst pushing 25.5kg of bike up the cliff steps.
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Re: Lockdown fitness
« Reply #39 on: May 10, 2020, 10:10:18 am »
Have been going out for walks with Mrs A,  also stripped the wallpaper on hall stairs and landing, smoothed the walls and painted over, also do turbo sessions with Zwift. 

Zwift is tough; they started me with a 230 FTP and a 73 minute FTP test pushed it to 255; I am 3kg lighter.  My last ride I did half an hour and got 9km up the Alpe d'Zwift, just over half way, averaging 246.  I need a better fan.  Tomorrow I will have another go on the Alpe now it is cooler.   
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