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High heart rate question(5 posts)

High heart rate questiontwodoggs
Oct 3, 2002 5:31 AM
Yesterday, I did a 46 mile ride with a fairly steep 3.5 mile climb at the 18 mile mark. I rode the first 5-6 miles at a moderate pace and then picked up the intensity to LT. When I began the climb, I pushed the pace fairly hard. My question is regarding my heart rate. My heart rate went up to around 95% of max. (187) and the speed was the same as numerous other times I have ridden this climb. I finally reduced the gear from 39 x 21 to 39 x 25 and slowed my cadence down and speed down by about 2.5 mph. My heart rate dropped only slightly. The weather conditions were normal with 80 degree temps. and it was fairly humid. I could not get my heart rate down at all. Any idea what was happening?? For the remainder of the ride, I felt very tired and fatigued. Please note that I did ride a 4 hr. ride on Sunday and Monday and a short recovery ride on Tuesday for 1.5 hrs. Is this just too much volume with not enough rest??
I dont know anything but in my experienceonespeed
Oct 3, 2002 5:50 AM
When you are in the middle of a climb that is pushing you to your LT, it is hard to ramp it down even by changing into an easier gear.

It also sounds like the weather conditions may have been mitigating factors also-the humidity not allowing you to get that oxygen into your blood as efficiently as possible.

I say take it as a quirk and just keep riding. I wouldnt change anything. I may be dead wrong-as I am sure a lot of people are going to point out-but just throwing it out there.

I have been trying to get her heart rate down, she just wont stop running.
re: High heart rate questionPEDDLEFOOT
Oct 3, 2002 6:34 AM
Sounds as though you didn't have enough recovery or you are overtraing.Could be a combination of the two .Take a couple of days off even if you think you feel fine.Your body is telling you something and you should probably listen.
maybe need more warm-upBryanJL
Oct 3, 2002 7:04 AM

In addition to possibly being tired, perhaps the warm up period was too short given the intensity of the effort.

I typically need (and really like) more than 5-6 miles warm up before doing taxing work. This, for me, includes being at LT.

Warm up of course is an invididual thing, some people can jump in sooner than others.

Earlier in the year I did something similar to you, with similar results. I then repeated the trial with a longer (30minute) warmup and did much, much better.

Alternatively, this may not be a very big deal, just a random day.

So either way, today should probably be a day off, tomorrow an easy, 1 hour spin, and see how you feel Saturday. If you even feel a little tired, bag the Sat ride and sleep in. I mean it. You'll feel worlds better on Sunday and it will help you more in the long run.

Remember that you have to rest as hard as you train. Taking the time off pays off over the long run, allowing your body to heal more deeply and completely.

Keep it fun!

maybe need more warm-uptwodoggs
Oct 3, 2002 10:51 AM
Thank you. From the experience and knowledge that I have and from the things I've read, your advice seems to be spot on. I guess I just wanted to hear some other opinions as this has not happened to me very often in the past-but it has happened. I am going to do exactly as you recommend.