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Is my max heart rate too high?(5 posts)

Is my max heart rate too high?bi_psycle
Feb 2, 2002 8:33 PM
I am a fit 48 year old. According to some calculations my max heart rate should be 170 range. I frequently hit 190 which means my max must be about 200. Am I going to blow up one day or even worse is my HRM out of calibration?
Not a problem.McAndrus
Feb 3, 2002 5:28 AM
I'm 49 and have been riding (it seems like) forever. Last year I got my first heart rate monitor. Like you I expected a max in the 170 range. It was inconvenient to do a time trial test to estimate my LT so I did a couple of repeats on a particularly tough local climb. The answer was 185 and I thought I was going to puke.

A couple of months later, though, I pushed it up to 188. That was unintentional as I was just following a hammerhead up a tough hill.

So what is my true max? Good question. I don't know either and I'm too much a proctastinator to get it evaluated by a sports clinic.
Age adjusted nonsenseKerry Irons
Feb 3, 2002 5:38 PM
While your max does tend to decline with age, the "formula" is just a very general guideline, and has little to do with either you personally or with almost any, older fit person. Pay no attention to the formula - your max is YOUR max and not a threat to your health unless you have some other heart problems.
you're fineColnagoFE
Feb 4, 2002 7:58 AM
Most people who keep in shape have a much higher than predicted max. The 200-age things was based on people that just sat around and did little to no exercise.
Im extremely fit (cat2) and am 29 years of age and my maxBoonesto
Feb 4, 2002 4:43 PM
is only 179. It should be 191 according to the formula. I dont think the fitter you are the higher your HR, I just think everyones different.