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Heart Rate Monitor(3 posts)

Heart Rate MonitornewracerC
Oct 12, 2001 2:24 PM
hey, i just got a heart rate monitor from my friend and what i want to know is what do i really use it for? i meen i know it tells u your heart rate but how do u work that into your riding, im not too sure. Also how do i find my max heart rate? besides subtracting age from 220 i feel that would be less acurate what is a more accurate way? i know i dont know to much buthelp me out. thanks soo much.
re: Heart Rate MonitorDCP
Oct 12, 2001 3:34 PM
The formulas are pretty inaccurate. You can find your max by warming up and then increasing your work level until you can do no more. Just keep pushing a big gear for a few minutes and see how high you get. That isn't as accurate as a real test, but it will work for beginner purposes.

From there, you can start to figure out how hard you can go with enough left to finish any particular length ride. That comes just from experience in using it.

More advanced uses include intervals and using it to contain yourself on recovery rides.

Find a decent training book and it will tell you how to get more out of it.
re: Heart Rate MonitorPiP
Oct 12, 2001 6:11 PM
Check out the site @ It has some sections that explain how people working out for the Ironman use a HRM. The same principles apply for all aerobic/endurance sports. Check the cycling instructions for the 36 Week section. These are only good for the aerobic portions, but can hold you over until you get a book. Try Friel's or Carmichel's if you want to race.