Thursday, November 06, 2014

Heart rate monitors, continued

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Yesterday, I posted this image of my HRM after a hard rowing workout. That number was higher than I'd seen before, but several people said it was possible, especially as a temporary high number. I felt fine so I didn't think much of it, except to congratulate myself on being fit enough to work that hard and recover from it quickly.

But then today, during my Spinning workout, I noticed that my chest strap was really uncomfortable, to the point of being unbearable. I tried to adjust it and found it was broken.

Luckily, we had some other chest straps around the house and I found three that works -- so there is one for me, one for my husband to use with the other watch, and one spare. But I also added a Garmin Forerunner 15 with Heart Rate Monitor to my wish list. If I'm going to eventually need something new, I'd like the GPS capability. This one comes in teal and purple -- I prefer the purple, of course.  There are much more expensive Garmin options, but I can't even come close to justifying their expense to myself, let alone anyone else. This model is comparable to anything else that I would like, and it has the Garmin Connect function, which would work with the triathlon logging app I'm using.  I will continue to use what I have until I get something new or it stops working.

Inspired by my food service experience, I made up a big batch of an egg casserole, sort of a crustless quiche with kale.  I had some today and it was delicious. I also made my Quinoa and Edamame Salad, which is best served cold.

12 eggs, cooked kale, skim milk, 2 slices sprouted bread cut into cubes (optional), herbs, feta, salt & pepper 
Finally, moving forward from my Dr. Dennis Gross trial, I'm starting a new experiment with the Kate Somerville RetAsphere 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream. I took my before photo last night, making sure to avoid the distracting purple walls this time.  I used the first dose last night, and though my skin was a little itchy this morning, it doesn't seem too irritated, which is a good sign. I'll see how I do with the sample before opening the full-sized bottle. 

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