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racing heart rate ?!?!?!(4 posts)

racing heart rate ?!?!?!jayz
Apr 23, 2001 3:40 AM
how do most of your heart rates compare when in a race to your normal training....

im 26, male, and estimate my lactate threshold around 170-173 ish...
and do all my intervals and such based on that....

yesterday in a 22 mile road race, my AVERAGE heart rate was 191.
my max during the race was 206.

do i need to be doing my intervals and stuff at a higher rate...base on my results yesterday, training in the 170's aint helping too much :)


btw..yes i was hurting when i hit 206.
That seems pretty normal...TJeanloz
Apr 23, 2001 8:01 AM
Those numbers resemble what I see in races, especially criteriums. Intervals should be done at the highest rate that you can sustain- and clearly you can sustain 190+bpm.
re: racing heart rate ?!?!?!Wayne Scott
Apr 25, 2001 3:41 AM
Just because your HR is higher in a race doesn't necessarily mean anything. How did the effort compare at similar HRs between training and racing? Remember for most people there is alot of anxiety/nervousness associated with racing, this releases adrenaline and this can really up your HR. Not to mention if you load up on caffeine. I've seen my HR near LT in races, when I'm not even breathing hard, and the pace is not requiring any significant effort. Although if your max HR is 206 or higher, than the 170's might be a little low for intervals depending on your level of fitness and what your trying to accomplish. Are your intervals suppose to LT or anaerobic?
re: racing heart rate ?!?!?!drdoug
May 2, 2001 10:05 PM
I'm 41. My max HR is 198. My interval training
gets my HR over 184. If I cant achieve this level
during intervals I know I'm a little overtrained and
I'll scrap the rest of the workout.

During a race, my Ave heart rate is 171 - 175, depending
on the type of course.

I would think that your HR should be higher on your
interval, unless your level of fitness is still low.