Major, Major, Major Break Through!

3 Jul

Hello Fellow Gearheads!

When I started on the elliptical machine, I lasted all of five minutes. After a couple of weeks, I lasted around 15 minutes before requiring a break. I’m still at the beginner level (level one), but the plan is to max out the timer on the machine (it only goes up to an hour), and then start working my way up to level 20, however long that takes.

Because of finals, I had to let the workouts fall to the wayside. I started working out again last weekend by riding hard on the drives around Fairmount Park (Forbidden, Kelly, Schuylkill, MLK, and a smidgen of Lincoln for good measure). I took Monday off, because the week’s workouts drained me. However, the next day I blew through twenty minutes on the elliptical machine easily!

This was a major breakthrough for me; I felt a massive performance improvement! Six minutes passed before I even broke a sweat. I spun at 68 RPMs consistently with a steady heart rate of 164 BPMs. Around 17 minutes in I went up to 174 BPMs, which I didn’t think was too bad at the moment, so my first thought was that next week I’ll go to 30 minutes. Then I thought, “Why not do it now?” I didn’t even stop spinning. I added ten more minutes to the elliptical computer on the fly and kept humping.

At about 26.5 minutes in, I looked down and my heart rate was at 180 BPMs! I wanted to keep going, but I wasn’t sure if that was safe. I worried that I might hurt myself if I let my pulse rise up to 200 BPMs. That number looks big when it’s your heart rate!

It felt great, but does anyone know if that’s excessive? I know I opened something up, because when I stopped it felt like someone shoved a baseball bat down my lungs! I gagged like it was my first time (or maybe second time) doing aerobic work after a respite.

I’m 40 years old, 6’2”, and around 215 pounds (the last time I checked my weight). I’d appreciate any comments.




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