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HEART RATE QUESTION(4 posts)

HEART RATE QUESTIONJAMIE
Jan 28, 2002 8:34 AM
I AM NEW TO THE HEART RATE WORLD SO HERE IS MY QUESTION. MY HRM AUTOMATICALLY SET MY HR BASED ON MY AGE, BUT AS SOON AS I GET DONE WARMING UP THE BUZZER GOES OFF BECAUSE I AM OUT OF MY SPECIFIED HR RANGE. BUT WHEN I SLOW DOWN TO GET MY HR BACK TO THE SPECIFIED HR I AM BARELY MOVING ON THE BIKE. CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
First off...Wayne
Jan 28, 2002 9:28 AM
the 220-age formula is a conservative generalization that can be way off for any given individual. If you want to know your true max HR, go find a steep hill that takes 1 to 2 minutes to get up, hit at the bottom fully recovered and sprint like hell until you blow up. Repeat a couple of times and you will have a good idea what your true max HR is on the bike. Secondly, what percentage of your age predicted max is the HR monitoring using as the upper limit? It may be a lower percentage than you want. Thirdly, alot of new riders don't know how to ride easy and you may in fact be going too hard. All things to consider.
re: HEART RATE QUESTIONschills
Jan 28, 2002 4:33 PM
Unfortunately the answer may be that you aren't as fit as you thought you were. I had the same problem when I first started running. As you build up your base level of fitness, this effect goes away as your heart doesn't pump as often as your fitness improves.
re: HEART RATE QUESTIONRayBan
Jan 31, 2002 10:35 AM
If you are in relatively decent shape I don't think the 220 - your age formula is acurate. I don't know anyone whos max heart rate = that formula. Granted the people I am basing this observation on are all athletes of one type or another and already into a exercise program. That formula is VERY conservative and why it is proving to be too low for you.