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What's up with my HR????(3 posts)

What's up with my HR????litespeed
Jan 27, 2002 10:35 AM
I'm 45 and started racing last year after a 12 year lay-off. I am commited to sticking to Joe Friel's training plan this season. I am scheduled to start my Build 1 period this week. My resting HR twelve days ago was 48. I have been away from home since then and now my resting HR is out of sight. I spent three days away on business then went to Jamaica with my wife for a week. The morning after returning from Jamaica my resting HR was 59. This did not make since to me. But decided not to get on the trainer or ride anyway. The next morning my HR was 58 and Sat it was 56. I chose to ride Sat. since my HR was coming down and I was dieing to ride since the temps were in mid 60's. I rode 60 miles keeping my HR between zone two and three. I wanted to take it easy on Saturday treating it as a recovery ride and ride harder Sunday. Well when I wake this morning my HR is 65!!!!!!
It has NEVER been this high. Usually if I push training too hard I'll hit 59-60 max.
During my time away I did little cardio work. I would ride a trainer just enough to get warmed-up for some weight training. While in Jamaica I either was wind surfing our laying around. I am a fanatic about eating healthy and don't drink. Both of these lifestyles were discarded during vacation although I still ate healthier and drank less than EVER before on an "all-inclusive" vacation.
How can staying off the bike for 12 days screw-up so much in my training???? Please help me get back on my bike soon. The temp is suppose to be in upper 70's in 3 more days. Is there any hope??
No big deal.Jesse Smith
Jan 27, 2002 11:08 AM
You're getting too caught up in the numbers of training. Friel uses a lot of them, and they give the athlete confidence because they're scientific and they work.
I wouldn't stay off the bike just because of HR numbers like those. Imagine if you never check your heart rate when you wake up. Would you still ride? You should go ahead with your normal riding schedule unless your body is giving you some other obvious signs of fatigue, like bad sleep, bad apetite, pain, etc.
If you see weird high or low heart rate pattern that are accompanied with these signs of fatigue, then it's time to take ease up, take a complete break, or see a doctor.
I read Friel's book too. The plan itself works great, but as I started to use it, I was feeling that if I left any part out, or didn't follow it to the letter, or missed a couple days of training, I was screwing up the entire plan. The importance of flexibility and the importance of keeping it fun tend to get lost.
Besides, if sunny, 70-degree days are rare for you, it wouldn't make sense to waste them if your feeling good overall.
I say rideMcAndrus
Jan 27, 2002 2:03 PM
My morning heart rate is about 56. I went for a long (for this time of year) ride yesterday at 70+ miles. This morning my heart rate was 65. But my legs feel absolutely fine and I can tell when they're overtrained.

If I didn't have to work today, I'd be out doing my speed work right now. I interpret the morning heart rate as a signal, but just one of many.