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High HR(4 posts)

High HRRandyMH
Apr 11, 2002 7:36 PM
Im fairly new to training with a HRM (2-3 months). Its been cold and windy so I have not been training like I should. But I do try to set HR limits for myself when I ride. What Im finding is most of my rides are in the 80-90% range of my MHR. This sometimes is in my highest gear. Like I mentioned earlier it has been windy so its a push into the wind sometimes. which does make a higher HR inderstandable. But evne when I not in the wind it gets up there fast. What I want to know is it better for me to ride in such a high zone? Does this help me in the long run by conditioning my body to function in such a high zone? Or does it hinder me by conditioning my HR to immediately jump up to this zone when I start to exert myself?
re: High HRTSlothrop
Apr 11, 2002 11:18 PM
Are you sure you are training at 80-90% of your MHR? It sounds to me as if you are mistaking Maximum HR for Lactate Threshold, riding at 80-90% of LT is much more realistic. Unless your rides are only 30 minutes long I think you'd have to be superhuman to sustain those HR levels.
on second thoughtsTSlothrop
Apr 11, 2002 11:21 PM
ummm...actually I've just done the maths, and perhaps 80-90% of your MHR isn't quite so high. It's roundabout the levels I ride at on a faster ride. Just don't do all of them at that level.
How did you determine your max?Kerry
Apr 12, 2002 5:58 PM
If you just got your max from a formula, it is pretty meaningless for what you are trying to do. You're better off to work off your LT/AT (HR you can sustain in a half hour maximum effort time trial). What is your cadence in your highest gear and how fast are you going? There are very few on the planet who can spin their highest gear into the wind for very long and not be either maxing HR or lugging the gear. A typical time trial HR is 85-90% of HR, so if you're really doing what you say, you're doing TT efforts on all your rides. Not the way to train. Get Joe Friel's book (or another good HR training reference) and do some reading.