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Heart Rate(7 posts)

Heart Ratemackgoo
Aug 10, 2001 6:50 AM
Hi, I bought a HRM the other day to see how my HR is while riding. I was surprised to find that while riding at what I consider to be my regular pace my HR was 180+. I'm 42 175# and ride around 150 200 mile a week. I just picked up "Lance Armstrong's training program", which was informative and a good read. Any way obviously 180 is pretty high. At the least the recovery for this effort is long. After reading the book I decided to ride to work at something other than this rate. I found that riding at what I feel is a snails pace I'm still around 140. I haven't determined my MHR yet but I'll guess 190 until I can determine it by the procedure laid out in the book. So I don't know what to do. Should I crawl around at the snails pace and over time I assume the HR will decrease with the same effort or should I ride at a comfortable pace which gets me to 160-170 and just chalk it up to this is the way I am?
re: Heart Ratebadabill
Aug 10, 2001 7:07 AM
If you can keep a 180 heart rate for any length of time you must be in great shape. I am 40, 165lb with a resting HR of 46, max of 190. If I keep my HR above 180 for any length of time I will be toast on a long ride. for long distance rides(100-200miles) I keep my HR in the 110-150 range. What is your cadence, if it is to slow this might be a problem. Keeping a high cadence and watching my HR has helped me more than anything with my conditioning. By doing this my recovery has improved greatly.
re: Heart RateJon Billheimer
Aug 10, 2001 7:18 AM
Heart rate ranges are genetically determined. One person might have a max hr of 200 while another has a max hr of 160. So until you can reasonably determine where yours is continue riding at your comfort level. Comparing yourself to others or to some statistically standard formula really is meaningless.
re: Heart Ratemackgoo
Aug 10, 2001 8:53 AM
As far as cadence goes I'm not sure, I need to get that, when I upgrade to the Record I will get the brain also. I do know that if I want to get my HR down I need to get in a higher gear and lower my cadence. That's how I get my HR down, I do want to ride with a higher cadence though. Last week I rode at 180+ for about an hour, that was my ride home from work, I certainly didn't have much for a sprint but I felt comfortable at this pace. It was 90+ degrees out. Do you supose generaly heat will raise a HR?
re: Heart Rate in heatguido
Aug 10, 2001 9:30 PM
Yes, your heart will work harder on hot days to cool your body.
re: Heart RatePingPong
Aug 10, 2001 8:10 AM
Training at a lower heart rate doesn't mean an easier ride. You should increase the duration as heart rate decreases.

Tailor your heart rate according to the length of ride you are planning.

For me, (MaxHR ~195) riding at 140bpms I would need to ride for about 4 - 5 hours to get much satisfaction. Unlike Lance I haven't often got that much time so instead I tend to do 2-3 hours at about 150-170 bpms.
I agree with Jon...wealldifferent
Aug 10, 2001 10:55 AM
everyone's heart rate and max heart rate are different. Having a high max heartrate doesn't necessarily mean you are in great shape. If you have seen a doctor in a while you may want to make sure your heart rate is not eleviated for some reason other than a genetic disposition. If everything is okay then your natural max heart rate is high. You can still use general training heart rate percentage but just use your own max heart rate. From what I have read Ned Overend (great MTB racer and sometimes triathlete) has a max heart rate of 163 which is quite low for an elite athlete. I don't think anyone would say he is in bad shape!