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Heart rate during 10% hill climb(3 posts)

Heart rate during 10% hill climbmarky
Jul 10, 2001 9:54 AM
For some strange reason my heart rate does not get higher than 172 during a climb up a 2.2 mile 10% grade hill. What gives? My heart rate during the first 30-40 minutes of a mountain bike race is 180-184 and during road "training" rides with local Cat 2's and 3's it stays around 175. I complete the 2.2 miles of this brutal climb in 16 minutes (3 times per session) so although I'm no Marco but I'm working pretty breathing is definitely labored! Am I not pushing hard enough?
re: Heart rate during 10% hill climbjim hubbard
Jul 10, 2001 1:23 PM
It sounds as though you make be over geared for the climb and you are getting bogged down in the gear, and using your strength to turn the gear. As is known if you mash a gear you use a lower heart rate compared to spinning a gear. But mashing the gear takes more out of your legs.
compare cadence...Bruno S
Jul 10, 2001 2:22 PM
I'm sure your cadence when climbing is much lower. Stand up or use a lower gear and you will get a higher HR. Now, getting a higher HR does not mean that you will go faster.