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Cardio QGadfly
Mar 12, 2001 6:40 AM
Theoretically, my max heart rate is 182. (I'm 38 years old.) Now, I've hit that a few times (hill climbs) and have even exceeded it by a bpm or two. Yesterday, I took the kids out for training ride. (In a trailer. Their combined weight, my winter weight and the weight of the trailer makes for an extra 100 pounds! A great training routine.) Anyway, on a particularly difficult hill, one that took everything I had, I hit 193 on my heart rate monitor. I don't know if this is good or bad. I didn't feel any pain, but it took a helluva long time to catch my breath. So it's spring and I'm out of shape. I'm just curious about max rates. Did I "exceed" mine? Is that possible? I mean, 100% is 100%, right?
re: Cardio Qbill
Mar 12, 2001 7:40 AM
By definition, you cannot exceed your maximum heart rate. It's not as if your maximum heart rate is a theoretical; it's an actual. You may just have learned what your actual max is. The formulas are imprecise.
re: Cardio QMikeC
Mar 12, 2001 11:36 AM
I'm glad I got the info on max heartrate. I'd always assumed (dangerous, I know) that "maximum" referred to the maximum "safe" rate, not the limit that the ol' ticker would actually do.
Mar 12, 2001 12:32 PM
Good info on heart rate monitor training.
re: Cardio QScottV
Mar 12, 2001 4:42 PM
Considering the jump I would assume that it was an outside influence. Probably either a power line or wind making your shirt move around. Both will cause the HRM to read high.
All formulae are wrong ...Humma Hah
Mar 12, 2001 6:01 PM
I assume you used the hoary old 220-age formula ... NOBODY is that low! It is insanely conservative, probably devised by the lawyers of fitness equipment makers.

We did a survey here a couple of months ago and found that our max HR values were scattered all over heck and gone, with some decline with age.

Only your cardiologist can tell for sure if you're hitting max HR. Mine tells me I hit 188 when he tested me at age 45, so 193 is not a surprising number at age 38. In fact, if you'd really hit max, it probably would be quite unpleasant.

Hitting your max HR is actually easier if you're out of shape -- some folks can hit theirs climbing a set of stairs. But, IF YOUR HEART IS HEALTHY, doing intervals to get the HR up momentarily in that range can be quite beneficial, if not overdone.
220-age is way offTJohn
Mar 13, 2001 8:38 AM
I'm 34 and I am supposed to have a max HR of 186 with that formula. I have conisitently hit in the upper 190s, with a max recorded 199, when I run my typical 5K route. In a book I am reading by Sally Edwards, a heart rate training guru, she wrote about several ways to determine your max HR. On of them is a 5K race. For the last 1-2 mins of a 5K race, you sprint all out and check what your HR monitor recorded. Then add 5 bpm to take into account muscle fatigue. Based on that my real max HR is 204, almost 20 beats higher than the crappy old formula. Ride On.