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Interval question....(3 posts)

Interval question....MD80
May 7, 2003 4:08 PM
I made a mistake of going too hard yesterday and today I cant get my heart rate up for intervals. My normal heart rate during intervals is around 180bpm and I am killing my self to get to 160. Should I use perceived effort rather than target heart rate for the intervals or should I just wait till I am recovered enough to do them? Thanks for the input.
You probably shouldn't be doing intervals every day, anywaybill
May 8, 2003 5:00 AM
although it depends on how heavy the intervals are, your age, your overall fitness, etc. At 44, if I do two heavy days in a row, I'm baked. Continual overstressing without rest isn't training, it's torture. You'll never get the benefit of the muscle accomodation.
If your body isn't doing what you tell it to do, and lack of fitness isn't the reason (if you were able to do it Monday but can't Tuesday, it's a pretty good bet that lack of fitness isn't the issue), then give your body a rest.
More recovery needed...biknben
May 8, 2003 5:02 AM
I would suggest always going very easy the day before intervals. If you can't do the interval correctly, you won't get as much out of it.