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Heart Rate Monitors - best practices?(2 posts)

Heart Rate Monitors - best practices?scott_barrett
May 5, 2001 1:36 PM
Howdy all!

I've just started using a heart rate monitor on my rides and have found the following information:

I generally average in the 150-160 bpm range and in the 170's during heavy headwinds with a speed around 18-20mph. My max measured while riding was today during a sprint at 31.4 mph with a max heart rate of 198 bpm. I'm a 30 year old male who weighs in at 215 and work out 4-5 times a week. I took a stress test a year ago and sustained 203 bpm for a minute or two in the last level of test.

Given that info, what range should I shoot to stay in to reach maximum benefit? Is it the 60-85% range or does going over that once in a while hurt? What is the risk in going over that? In the 60 to 85% range, I can't even get winded while riding so I try to add the intervals in to stretch my lungs out a bit.

Any info would be greatly appreciated!

re: Heart Rate Monitors - best practices?Akirasho
May 5, 2001 9:12 PM
Scott, you'd be best served by reading "The Heart Rate Monitor Book" by Sally Edwards, and "Precision Heart Rate Training" edited by Edmund R. Burke PhD. There may be newer text available, but these are the ones I'm familiar with and they address HRM's with respect to cycling as well as other sports. These are a cheap investment and well worth the money.

In order to reap the most benefit from your HRM, you need to have a tailored program to follow... more than what can be ponied up on this forum.

You are a bit ahead of the game with your stress test info... make sure it's accurate and get the ok from your doc.

Good luck and...

Be the bike.