I thought my heart was going to stop

Bonjour from France.  I’m in the Lot region of France at the moment.

Called the ‘Midi Pyrenees’, it’s stunning and has a few more hills than Essex, so the legs have had a surprise.

I went out for a long training ride yesterday and nearly got into a bit of trouble.

 It was Hot and Hilly.

I didn’t quite anticipate how steep some of the hills where around here and a few times I could feel my heart coming out my mouth.

You can see some of my heart rate and route information by clicking below.  Heart rate is a good way of measuring the intensity of your training regardless of ability.  If you’re not measuring you’re guessing.




 I don’t mind admitting I struggled but the views made the climbs worthwhile.

Its easy to understand how you could get into trouble in remote places.  There were times where I didn’t see a car a house or person for miles.

Towards the end of the ride I even ran out of water.  It was ok as I was on the last climb up to the village but it wasn’t the most pleasant last 3 miles.


Speaking of which I met a guy who had water poisoning, I’ll tell you about that in the next email.

It’s great to see so many of you keeping up the training and seeing the posts of FB, well done.

Look forward to seeing many of you for kettlebells on Sunday at 9:30am.

Have a nice evening.


About the Author Russell Pearcy

Russell Pearcy has been working as a health and fitness coach for over 25 years helping men and women who feel tired and washed up get back in shape. Russell has also draws upon his experience as an Ironman triathlete to help coach others through this life changing transformation.