I’ve been getting back into cycling. Last week, I finally repaired my flat, bought new tires and tubes, and trued my wheels. Last night I gave my trusty steed a decent, long-overdue, and much-needed cleaning. 🙂
In the last week, I’ve done a very short but moderately steep 1-mile trip, along with a longer 2-mile trip.
I’m feeling better after each trip!
I’m planning on a 13.4 miler tomorrow morning. That may be a bit aggressive for where I am right now, as I’m still running into the breathing side of cardio as my limfac (limiting factor).
As the human body regains fitness, it usually encounters shortness of breath as the first sign of a serious lack of fitness. I’ve been there, done that, and overcame it. Unfortunately, I’m back there again. 🙁
By limiting dietary intake to healthy foods (lots of water, zero processed foods, zero sugar, balanced carbs and proteins, and healthy fats), while exercising at one’s limerfac (see Note 1, below), one can get move from the shortness of breath limerfac to the cardio or lactic acid limerfac between about one and three weeks.
During the shortness of breath, one is seriously out of shape. You climb a long slope of stairs or even a gentle hill and find yourself out of breath. You should by all means consult your doctor if you find yourself at this stage, especially if you’re NOT obese or even carrying around more than a few extra pounds, as it could indicate a serious underlying health condition that no amount of exercise will cure.
If medically cleared, as you progress in your twice-daily (see Note 2, below) cardio routine, 4-5 times per week (see Note 3, below), you will quickly find yourself recovering your ability to breath while exercising. Between one and three weeks on this regimen, you will no longer be out of breath, but will begin running up against either heart rate or lactic acid buildup as your limerfacs. If you’ve been out of shape for a while, and you’re performing both a good, five to ten-minute warming and slow but steadily progressively more intense you’ll usually hit a heart rate maximum before you encounter a lactic acid maximum during this phase. If you’ve been out of shape for a short time, you might find yourself hitting a lactic acid ceiling, instead.
Either way, the good news is that you’re “over the hump.” You’re now in shape to… get in shape. I know this sounds backwards, but, quite literally, when you’re out of shape, you’re in a slow but steady downward spiral. No amount of medication, rest, diet, nutrition, or whatever is going to get you over that hump.
Speaking of which, strength training doesn’t involve a “hump.” Progressive training with weights might feel like there’s a “hump” involved, but it’s often due to the fact that weightlifters are on a tight enough schedule so as to experience “aerobic weight lifting,” wherein they progress between stations at a rate fast enough to stimulate their aerobic conditioning response.
ACR. That’s MY term, not anyone else’s. Yes, I’ve read the books. No, I’m not an “exercise physiologist.” I am well aware, however, that many of the studies leading into the modern acceptance of what’s “fit” involved test subjects who were well below today’s 50th percentile in terms of BMI. In fact, the early studies weren’t out to test obesity, much less various fitness levels thereof. Instead, they were out to test minimum, normal (statistically speaking) and maximum levels of performance for a particular height and weight range involving what had previously been determined as being acceptable for test pilots.
Here’s the truth: Back as early as the 1930s, we began minimizing human weights in the testing and calculations in order to achieve the best results. I’m not going to bore you with the immediately verifiable results of 90 years of research, experimentation, and results, but the fact remains: Small females can withstand more G’s while remaining capable over longer periods of time of tracking more targets and eliminating the same than even the most prolific “HOO-RAH!” male.
We’re not talking about hand-to-hand-combat, here. We’re talking about tapping into our own genetic structure which evolution has selected what works best to preserve the outcome, and why.
In the case of female pilots, well, they really rock shit. Better multitasking (but only somewhat), Greater G-force resistance (but only somewhat).
If some God appointed me the general extraordinaire, with an edict that all freedom-hating groups be extinguished as soon as possible…
Well… Damned. That’s tough.
However, here’s what I’d do:
Send all aviators to combat the threat (regardless of gender – they signed up and trained, etc. – this issue was buried in the 1990s, or so I thought).
one will progress through shortness of breath as the limiting exertion factor, then max heart rate, and finally, lactic acid. With dedication, riding hard for half an hour at least every other day while, it only takes a week or two for you to transition between shortness of breath to heart rate as your limiting exertion factor.
We’ll see how I feel at the 5 mile point. That’s up a steep hill, down a mild hill, and up another mild hill. Easy ride home from there.
If I feel fine, plenty of energy and wind, I’ll continue for a loop around Garden of the Gods. Once I begin that, however, I’m committed, as I’ll have to add down a steep hill, up a very steep hill, down a steep hill, and up a steep hill, along with 8.4 miles to my distance.