Now that the *warmer* months are here, my wife is spending a bit more time coming out cycling with me. This is to get some time together, get her out into the air and generally nice stuff.
I really enjoy this (don't get me wrong especially if Mrs84 reads this!) but I'm wondering what I can do to make it more of a training session. We go at a pretty slow speed and my heart rate rarely gets over 100bpm. I'm not keen on nipping off; we're out together and want to keep it that way. Would there be any benefit to training if I had the gears right down low and the cadance high or vice versa?
Or perhaps I should just relax and go with the flow...
Ah yes, I keep my heart rate at the desired level for that session although I find that I *feel* it's tougher for a certain heart rate when compared to running. Whether it's the fact that I'm stuck inside rather than outside with cooling wind, etc. or just mental I don't know but I could never do an hour on the elliptical at the heart rate I can do outside running.
As to the arms - I meant use the arm attachments on the machine or to swing them freely to mimic running but certainly not to hang onto the front of the machine.
Currently I'm resting my achilles which is mildly painful when running. However, using the elliptical doesn't cause any pain/discomfort at all so I'm using that to keep/increase my meagre fitness.
Question is, to make the training as close to running as possible and thus help my running fitness, how should I do the elliptical sessions? Should I go for low resistance but keep my cadence up to about 85 - 90 to mimic running (I must admit I can't run at 85 - 90 at the moment so perhaps a good time to go for it) or should I go for higher resistance and improve strength as well?
I appreciate that nothing is as good for running as running itself and that it is good to mix up speed and resistance in the elliptical training but what is best for the lions share?