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March 5th, 2004
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The good hurt..
I pushed most of my weights up four pounds last night instead of my usual two...today, I can feel it. Also, pushed up my heart rate from the 80% target to 85%, and I did 40 minutes on the elliptical, did my weights, and then I had a few minutes left, so I did 15 minutes on the track. The good news is that all that exertion finally must have pushed some blood up into my brain, because I shook the horribly fuzzy feeling I'd been fighting All Day Long.

Quinn decided he wanted his workout, too....when I got to baby-sitting, he was pink-cheeked, breathing hard, and drinking water. Apparently he had spent almost the whole two hours running like a madman, rolling a ball around, and generally being crazy-busy. He was very proud that he had exercised, too.

Okay, back to work for me.

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From:eeedge
Date:March 5th, 2004 10:44 am (UTC)
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Well done! I find it very difficult to figure out what 85% is supposed to be. I do find that I'm less sluggish after working out.

The important question with Quinn is: did he sleep better for the exercise? (Yes, my girls aren't sleeping again, so that's been on my mind!)

Curves says that they want me to aim for about 22-24 beats per 10 sec, but that's almost no exertion for me. Once I'm going at a comfortable pace, it's closer to 32 beats per 10 sec. Hopefully, as I get more fit, it will get slower!
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From:happypete
Date:March 5th, 2004 10:51 am (UTC)

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We're the same age, so they're starting you at exactly the same percentage of our theoretical max heart rate...they started me at 140. 23 * 6 = 138, or about 75% of MHR.

After two months of consistent aerobic and anaerobic workout, I'm now very comfortable--well, I can tolerate--nearly an hour at 159 bpm, or about 85%. Feel the burn and all that!

I love the gadgets at the Y...I don't have to stop and count my heart rate, as most of the gizmos have built-in sensors. It's groovy.
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