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Stupid recovery ride question(3 posts)

Stupid recovery ride questionDMoore
Jul 17, 2002 7:14 PM
Embarassing to admit, but I've been riding for 30 years, racing for the last few, and have never bothered with a heart rate monitor except in winter on an indoor trainer.

Out of curiosilty, I dug out the monitor a few days ago and have been riding with it. I've no real idea what my HR max is, apart from the formulas that say it should be 174. (Age 51.) I've seen that HR on every ride where I worked hard, and have never felt anywhere close to the max, so I'm sure it's at least 180.

What percentage of HR max should I be riding at (or not exceeding) during a recovery ride? I did a 20 mile ride this afternoon, using 125 bpm as my limit. Too high? Too low?

Any thoughts/suggestions would be appreciated.
re: Stupid recovery ride questionLC
Jul 17, 2002 8:46 PM
Sounds about right, maybe a little high. The main thing is that after the ride you feel better than before the ride. After a really tough race or training you might even have to go lower.

Just the other night I got passed by a old lady on a beach cruiser with a milk carton basket as a trunk rack. But I am OK with that since I know that if I can stay disciplined I will do better at the crit tomarrow night and the RR this weekend. Sometimes it is very hard to ride slow.
re: Stupid recovery ride questionRich_Racer
Jul 17, 2002 10:07 PM
225 minus age is not that accurate for calculating max. heart rate but without doing a painful AT test you're not going to be able to find out so best to stick with it.

Basically, (there's much more complex ways to calculate this but . . .) you should ride normally at about 60-80% of your max and recovery ride should be at around 50-60% - which would be a bit lower. You should find it very difficult, if impossible to hit your max HR on a normal ride.