After Saturday’s disaster, I got on a plane Sunday morning and arrived at my hotel in Hsinchu 27 hours after I left my house in Massachusetts. I managed to get some sleep on the flight across the pacific, but I felt a bit worn down.
I took an Ambien and got a good solid 6 hours of sleep, and woke up a minute before my alarm this morning. I put on my workout clothes and headed down to the fitness center. It was warm and very humid. I was in for a sweat fest
- 30′ bike
- 30′ treadmill
- 30′ elliptical
On the bike I setup for a “two hill” profile. That was hard at the end and boring in the middle, but it elicited the desired HR response. I moved over to an elliptical and tried in vain to get it set up. The touch screen was very reluctant to acknowledge my touches. I finally gave up on that and went over to the recumbent bikes and started up there. Then I saw a treadmill open up over my shoulder and I lunged for it. The treadmill had the same touch screen issues, but I was finally able to get it to a 1% grade and 5 mph for a gentle 30′ jog. No issues there.
After that I went over and selected a different elliptical which also had a wonky touch screen, but I was finally able to get it set to the right level and time and set off on a 30 minute tour around the world. This was basically a few minute long intervals with a few smaller “hills” and some flats. Easy peasy and darn boring.
But the intent was to work on aerobic base, and this did the trick. I ended up sweating so much that my shoes were making that squish-sqish noise while I did my ellipitcal thing. When I got back to my room, I noticed that I had lines of suds trailing down my legs where the sweat had gotten stirred in with some residual laundry detergent. Did I mention it was humid?
Tomorrow: I think I will do a 2 x 60′ (bike and elliptical). More aerobic base work.