BY DAVID WARDEN
Day 12 Splits
Hurricane Bill drove James indoors today. I was fully prepared for James to inform me that he would still be doing it outside. Would not have surprised me at this point.
At what point does this just become routine? Is there a honeymoon period to the 505050 and I'll wake up one morning and not be madly in love with the 505050? I hope that it will just become more and more interesting as James inches his way to 50.
I can't find the quote, but I recall Chris Carmichael saying that indoor cycling was some 20% harder than outdoor, primarily due to the fact that you can't coast nearly as much on an indoor trainer. The penalty for stopping on an indoor trainer is significant. With the possibility of this occurring again on Day 13 in Louisiana due to the same weather system, I hope James' recovery will not be impacted (even more than normal) from the indoor riding. On the one hand, the pedaling never stops. On the other hand, there is much less vibration fatiguing his muscles.
I would also prefer that James did not do these events indoors to maintain as much legitimacy as possible to the 505050. GPS data will simply be more accepted as legit than distance based on wheel diameter or stride length. I hope these will be exceptions.
Check out the bike graph from TrainingPeaks.com and compare that to his last few outdoor ride graphs. He just kept pedaling and pedaling.
Can we also just celebrate the fact that James is 24% of the way through (12/50)? He's already 1/4 of the way there.
Check out that average HR on the bike. Certainly indoor cycling results in lower HR than outdoor, but that is seriously low. That may be the primary physiological change in James over the first 10 days, a very low HR for a given effort. Granted, the watts is still low at 125, but with a HR that low, I can see how he might get through another 38 days.
Really happy to see the total time going back down to close to 14 hours.
Since this workout was done indoors, I'm adding extra data to appease the skeptical reader. The last graph is his run (cadence overlaying pace) to show that even on the treadmill James just kept moving.