Went to an apple orchard with Pokie and Mira in the morning. We picked apples and grapes, and it was nice to be outdoors in cool weather.
Skating this evening and my goal was 2,000 calories burned along with obtaining my maximum heart rate for part of this period. It takes about 15 minutes for me to warm up, but after that I was holding a heart rate of 165 BPM. My speed seems to depend on a couple of factors. If the music is fast, I am more likely to skate fast. And when the floor is crowded, I am less likely to maintain a higher speeds. What I find interesting is just how much difference there can be between the speeds I move. When I am holding a fast speed, one where I am not pushing myself overly hard, I can hold a heart rate of 165 BPM (90% of my maximum). However, if I am going slower my heart rate is around 145 BPM (79% of max). It doesn't seem overly noticeable when moving either of these speeds—that is, I don't feel I'm moving that much slower when I'm at 145 BPM than when I'm moving 165 BPM. Currently I have no idea what my speeds actual are, so it is hard to quantify the differences.
I tried to get my heart rate up to my maximum of 183 BPM, but my first attempt I couldn't seem to get past 179 BPM (97.8%). I can barely maintain 175 BPM (95.6%) and when I skate at these speeds I do so in bursts. I will typically dig in hard for one corner, putting in a lot of effort, and then letting up for the remainder of the lap—I am unable to skate at a speed that maintains 175 BPM. Using the burst method, I was able to hit a heart rate of 184 BPM (100.6% of maximum), although it must have been brief. I never saw my heart rate go above 182 when looking at the monitor.
For this session I had prepared by loading up on carbohydrates around 4 hours before the session, and that seemed to have really provided the energy I needed. I burned through the first 1,000 calories in about an hour and 15 minutes. This was my target for getting a slice of pizza and soda. The second 1,000 calories took longer, and I found it much harder to get my speeds up. My right foot was not sitting right in my skate and I compensated for this by tightening the laces. Still, my body was protesting the last part of the session. I decided to call it a night at 2,000 calories rather than the entire 3 hour session, leaving about 20 minutes early. The problem is I think I was pushing too hard to make my numbers. I made them, but I need to relax a little.