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Subjective Intensity

Posted on 2014.11.08 at 00:00
Current Location: 67114
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I read recently where neither the frequency nor duration of workouts is as beneficial as its intensity. And while that point varies from individual to individual (I remember a duration on shift several years back where getting out of bed was the most intensive part of my day), I've reached a new low.

Biking uphill, against the Kansas wind, on a dirt road.

I thought I was going to die.

Kansas wind is known for its stupidity. The prairie lacks things like, "trees" which traditionally block such asinine levels. So while its true I have "gravel road tires" according to the experts at the local bike shop, its not a mountain bike - its a road bike with thin, albeit gravel road accessible, tires. Facing that incomprehensible Kansas wind, uphill, on a gravel road, it was all I could do to keep upright. It took a terrible amount of concentration and both my lungs and my legs were burning by the time I reached pavement.

Don't go chasing waterfalls
Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to...

I think until I am better equipped to tackle such monstrosities (the second day back on the bike probably wasn't the best plan of action), I'll stick to the roads.


suzanne1945 at 2014-11-08 14:46 (UTC) (Link)
I knew you were a smart guy! Got it on the first excursion! Of course, yesterday's winds were even a bit over the top for Kansas.
michelle1963 at 2014-11-08 19:58 (UTC) (Link)
LOL! Probably not the best strategy for your second day back on the bike.

There is the stupid Kansas wind and the stupid Kansas fall allergies. Ironically, this time of year, the nicer it gets - cool, sunny days perfect for exercise - the more adversely affected I become. Exercise is near impossible when the fatigue, raspy wind pipe and headaches set in.

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