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geting max heart rate(7 posts)

geting max heart rateishmael
Feb 18, 2003 8:28 PM
How do you know when you've hit it? Do I have to go till I faint and then have someone read my heartrate monitor for me? What's the general formula, something like 220 minus your age isn't it? How much rest does the heart need to be able to attain that speed?
re: geting max heart ratecyclopathic
Feb 19, 2003 6:12 AM
you won't know, there's always doubt you could go higher. Even if you perform graded test it's likely you'd be stopped before you reach it.

Age formula is pure bogus. At 38 my max should be 220-38 = 182, where my LTHR is ~180-185 and I've seen rates ~200.

BTW, why do you wanna find out you MaxHR? Most training programs go by LT.
I've seen this a lothycobob
Feb 19, 2003 9:32 AM
At 37 I was really concerned about higher HRM readings (185-202bpm) on no less than 4 different monitors, so I had a stress test done. The doctor used the "old full of crap" 220-age method too. It seems nobody will do a cycling (non-treadmill) stress test in Houston. They determined that my ticker was in great shape and didn't offer a theory on why I see such high readings. I do find that my typical sustaned output of 180bpm feels OK, where 190bpm will leave me breathless and hurt my overall performance...i.e. dropped like a bad habit. If I'm not too foolish, after peeling off the front it falls to about 155-165bpm and life seeps back into my legs.
re: geting max heart ratejradford
Feb 19, 2003 3:08 PM
how do you find you LT and how do you use it compared to your MHR
re: LTHRcyclopathic
Feb 19, 2003 4:26 PM
the best is to get Joe Friel Cycling Bible (or mnt bike bible) it has all info, training advices, test etc.

LT (also referred as AT or VT) aerobic or ventilation threshold is easy to find. Friel gives several test; it's basically HR at which you become aware of you breathing. After 10-15min warm up ride trainer or flat road gradually (every 1-2min) increasing load until breathing becomes labored. Make note of HR.

Most MaxHR programs assume that LTHR is 85% of MaxHR, so you can convert LTHR to hypothetical Max and use it with MaxHR based program good luck
Standard method for determining LT/ATKerry
Feb 19, 2003 4:58 PM
Ride a 25-30 time trial after fully warming up. The HR you maintain for the last 15-20 minutes of the TT is your LT/AT, and often stated as 85-90% of your max.
just want to know nmishmael
Feb 20, 2003 7:54 PM