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My HRM died, and I'm riding better now than with it!(6 posts)

My HRM died, and I'm riding better now than with it!Tig
Apr 6, 2002 5:56 PM
One or our pets knocked my HRM's sender strap in a water bowl and it works intermittently now. I never like to race with one so I wasn't too upset.

I went on a fast group ride this morning without it and was pleased at how not having one actually helped me ride much harder and stronger. The psychological effect of seeing your HR way up while already suffering can be demoralizing, to say the least. By concentrating solely on keeping a fluid pedal stroke and efficient breathing, I was able to not only avoid getting dropped during some nasty cross winds, but to pull a hard pace and win the sprint that is at an old traditional spot.

I'll try to get the HRM working for solo workouts, but will leave it at home for group rides. I wouldn't mind one that records data to look at afterward though.
me too...EpicX
Apr 6, 2002 7:11 PM
haven't used the hrm once this year and its been refreshing. I think its easy to see your HR up around 200 and make yourself feel worse than you are. I for one tend to dig deeper w/ out it to focus on.
Thank you Tig you have made me feel validated as a retrogrouch!Leisure
Apr 7, 2002 4:30 AM
re: My HRM died, and I'm riding better now than with it!Mr Good
Apr 7, 2002 3:08 PM
I don't use my HRM too much anymore. It took me a while (a couple of years racing) to learn to listen to what my body is telling me. I find it more important to monitor the amount of energy/effort I'm expending from week to week, to avoid overtraining, or to be fresh for an event.

Instead of worrying about exact HR numbers, I do workouts that are "hard," "moderate," or "easy," and that focus on specific things such as sprinting or hill climbing. If I'm doing intervals, I just go as hard as I can sustain for the duration, and in a race, I have to go as fast as the next guy regardless of what the heart rate is. I am more motivated in a race when I can't see a read out of heart rate--it always looks too high! If you want to record information, start the monitor, then put it in your jersey pocket, and don't pull it out until the race is over.
Looking backwardsKerry
Apr 7, 2002 4:39 PM
I rode for 25 years without an HRM, then got one. What I learned was "so that is what my HR is when I feel like this." After two HRMs crapped out (not as well made back then) I just stopped using it. My times didn't change.
re: My HRM died, and I'm riding better now than with it!Ray Sachs
Apr 8, 2002 3:57 AM
You think riding without an HRM is fun? Try riding without a computer for a while. A stone blast! I used to ride loaded to the gills with annoying data. Now I ride with either no computer or one that ONLY tells me current speed and trip and total distance, enough to follow a cue-sheet and track total mileage, but nothing extraneous. Riding is much more fun when you're not trying to please a little plastic fascist!