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213 max HR on last nights ride?!?(6 posts)

213 max HR on last nights ride?!?Scott H
Oct 10, 2001 6:23 AM
I've been using an HR monitor for about two years now and until the last couple rides I was sure that my max HR on the bike was 203. I have hit my best form this year and on all of my training rides this summer, I seldom hit above 200, even when riding in 100+ temps sprinting up 15% grade climbs. The last two months or so I have lost my form, lost my motivation and have not been riding very regularly until the last couple weeks. I have noticed that I don't have the power on climbs that I used to have and my endurance is greatly suffering. Last night, on my weekly race pace ride, I attained a 213 HR at the end of a long climb in sprint just before going into oxygen debt. The only thing I can think is that during the summer when I was much faster, I wasn't getting enough rest and recovery between rides, even though a heavy riding week for me would mean 5 rides.
Wellgrzy
Oct 10, 2001 8:50 AM
Actually as you get in better shape your max HR goes *down* (Precision Cycling from Polar). So as you get out of shape it's natural that it would creep up.
Wellmackgoo
Oct 10, 2001 2:35 PM
You sure about that? I thought MHR basically stays relatively the same, now as you get in better shape it takes alot more effort to get there.
What's your resting/waking HR been doing?like2bike
Oct 10, 2001 10:45 AM
Sounds like 213 has really been your max all along, just never pegged it before...It can be a tough number to find, and the age formulas are next to worthless. Your max shouldn't change a lot during a given season, but your waking HR should be dropping or staying low. Your loss of power, endurance, motivation may be due to overtraining, as you suggest. In that case your waking HR will be trending higher- work in some recovery rides until it's back down...
Could be, but I'd try to duplicate it first.jw25
Oct 10, 2001 12:11 PM
I actually had a similar experience recently. My max HR seemed to be 200, based on race efforts and practice TT's. I'd set my limits from 200 bpm, but noticed that holding 92-93% of max was pretty easy, really, and I could do it for all of a 40K tt.
About a month ago, I did a 10 mile practice TT, and got a max of 219. While I'd question that mush of a rise (10% seems pretty significant to me), I've ridden that course 7 or 8 times in the past few months, and never shown anything close to that, or even over 200. It's possible it could be interference, but the repitition makes that less likely.
I'll be trying to duplicate that in training over the winter before I switch any settings, but it was pretty cool to review the data for that ride, and see "219" come up.
So, my advice is to record that figure somewhere, and try to get it again (this is why I love HRM's with a max. HR feature. Usually during those kinds of efforts, I have a hard time watching the road, much less a 1" screen).
Diff sports...PiP
Oct 10, 2001 5:55 PM
Your max HR really is a finnicky number. I have never been able to get to above 192 or so with mine, but I come from a swimming background where my max was 223. So it can be highly context dependant.