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in: bill_l; bill_l > 2018-02-14

Feb 15, 2018 12:51 PM # 
matzah ball:
the only way i can stand elliptical, after warmup, is increase cadence to 180-185 for 15 seconds, recover 45 seconds at 150, repeat 10 times, cooldown. that gets me through 20 minutes. of course that dosnt work if your normal cadence is already 180. but nordic track is very similar to elliptical, and easy to find at garage sales etc. so i have one set up at home, watch a historic marathon on the computer, really makes the time go by. but I usually just coast on the NT for some reason. I have the incline set slightly uphill to make it a little more work, maybe should set higher.
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Feb 16, 2018 1:16 AM # 
bill_l:
I owned a NT once upon a time, and never used it... I got it for free at the John Burroughs monster garage sale. It (and 2 others) was left-over after everything else was gone. In like-new condition. Tried to sell it on craigs list for a few months and then gave it back to JBS for another pass through the garage sale. There are always 4 or 5 every year. My theory is that there are 15 - 20 NT's that circulate year-over-year on a 3 or 4 year cycle....

I can see where intervals would help pass the time but my goal is to get some longer efforts in, trying to fill in for a 7-10 mile low-i run. Don't want to do the higher stride rate too long or too often. Talked about it with Aimee this morning. At this point, I'm not sure it's a good replacement for running. It is just too unnatural of a muscle pattern, at least for me. The stride length is too short to allow the hips to open up.

Going to check the Y for an AMT or an elliptical with a longer stride length. Try to limit the BJC elliptical to 1 or 2x per week.

I get sweaty enough that I don't wear my glasses, so can't watch much of anything very clearly. Olympic curling was on the TV on Tuesday and yesterday. Exciting stuff. :) Listen to pod casts....
Feb 16, 2018 11:57 PM # 
matzah ball:
NT really allows long stride length, esp back. yeah, i dont do the 'intervals' as a sub for workout just as way to sneak a little effort in, but mainly just to make the time go by. Its more like strides bracketing an easy run.

man, what a job - it would totally wreck me. i guess no sleep is great training for ultras though...

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