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Junk miles(5 posts)

Junk milesjoekm
Feb 6, 2003 7:21 AM
OK, been reading the "junk miles" posts recently and re-reading some of the stuff I was e-mailed from posters on this forum and/or downloaded. My spin is finally showing signs of real improvement (this happened suddenly BTW - months of struggling then, all of sudden, I can spin for extended periods at 90+ rpm with little trouble. Is that typical?). Therefore, I feel I can now divert more attention to the cardio portion of my training goals.

So, I've reprogrammed my cyclocomputer/HR monitor to track time spent in this so called "Dead Zone". So presumably, below DZ is aerobic and above DZ is AT/LT or greater. Right now, I measure a resting HR while sitting at my desk before my lunchtime roller workout and I typically get in the low to mid 50's. I don't know if that is the ideal time to take the measurement, but it should be sufficient to track quality of training.

For now, I'm going to follow the recommendations I found at and see where that goes unless someone here has a better suggestion.
except that your resting heart rate has nothing to do with yourbill
Feb 6, 2003 7:37 AM
lactate threshold. Nor does your max hr, really, either, with enough precision to be terribly useful, anyway.
You need to figure out your lactate threshold. There are a number of ways to do this, although I haven't really done them myself so I can't tell you which is the one that worked best for me. For myself, as flawed as this is, I just know that around 164-166 bpm something happens, and I feel a different gear kicking in. My perceived power seems to go up, but I can't sustain the effort for very long. This number happens to jive with what the charts say would be an average LT for my max, which I figure is about 190 (the highest bpm I've ever seen on my monitor is just under 190).
I only use RHR to determine if I am over-training...joekm
Feb 6, 2003 8:33 AM
Supposedly, a sustained 10% increase in resting heart rate is an indicator of over training.
Could you clarify the question? NMRom12_1
Feb 6, 2003 9:22 AM
Mostly looking for any "red flags" from the more experienced ...joekm
Feb 6, 2003 10:14 AM
riders on the board. Most of the advice I've gotten has been good so far, so I consider this forum a resource.