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Heart Rate Monitor Training(3 posts)

Heart Rate Monitor TrainingHorace
Sep 26, 2001 5:41 AM
I'm considering purchasing a heart rate monitor to improve my overall riding and, in particular, my winter training. In general, my training approach has always been to train based on how I feel, without any technical guide such as a hr monitor. I would appreciate hearing from anyone as to whether a training program using an hr monitor can really improve performance. Also, I've seen a few threads which mentioned a good hr monitor training book, but I can't seem to find the threads with a search. Please let me know the name of the book and whether its a worthwhile purchase. Thanks
re: Heart Rate Monitor TrainingWhareagle
Sep 26, 2001 6:15 AM
Horace,
I've been training and coaching with an HRM for about 8 years now, and when used properly, they can be the best training tool you'll ever need. They can also make you more time-efficient, as in, they'll help you maximize your workouts given the amount of time you have. The only downside is that you'll probably have to do intervals either alone or indoors, or both. Group rides focus on speed, position, and tactics rather than hr zones.

Your best bet for a training program book is one of Sally Edwards' latest. Friel's training bible is a good one, as well. However, you'll do yourself and any coach you decide to work with a huge favor by purchasing a downloading hrm. The Polar s510 and 710 replace traditional cyclometers, and they both download, albeit in different ways. Cateye and Specialized also download, and if you want to train with power and heart rate, Power-Tap has a downloadable hub that can give consistent measurements. The up-front costs are high, but they are worth it.

Contact me if you have any questions. I'm also a Polar dealer, though I only include hrm's as part of a training package...

Cheers,
Whareagle
I'm not that sophisticated with it, but I think that it helps,bill
Sep 26, 2001 10:37 AM
if for no reason other than that it makes you aware of varying your intensity (and particularly maximizing your intensity) with appropriate recovery. Just recently I have become aware of one of the limitations of HRM training, which is that your heart rate, with equivalent perceived muscular exertion, can vary considerably depending on, well, depending on I'm not sure what, exactly, but variables that include heat, hydration, prior exertion, and general physical well-being (if you're sick, your heart rate skies). If you rely only on heart rate, you can miss the signficance of these other variables.