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tempo ride/heart ratejust starting out
May 10, 2002 11:13 AM
I just got back from a tempo ride. normally, i feel that it takes a decent amount of effort to maintain tempo heart rate. today, on the other hand, my legs felt pretty good yet my heart rate was much higher than normal (kept going over zone 3) -- even when my breathing wasn't labored at all. as far as i can tell, other factors are pretty equal -- my hydration, the course, the temperature, etc.

any ideas about what might cause this?
May 10, 2002 1:05 PM
From everything I've been told, it means your fitness is starting to increase. How many BPM is "much higher than normal"? 5 BPM could mean anything and usually points to more caffeine than usual in the daily intake. 8-12 BPM more would be IMO an actual increase.

From your handle, I'm inferring that you've only just embarked on this journey called training? If that is the case, you'll have good days and bad days. The good days are when you can push your HR up like this without any perceivable additional effort. You might have just had a good day.

The bad days are when your legs feel dead or your perceived effort is higher than the return (speed and HR-wise). Your HR will run 8-10 (or more) BPM *below* your normal zones, your legs hurt, you may feel more out of breath, or just have a "numb-all-over" sort of feeling. This is often a sign of fatigue, impending sickness, or "overreaching"; a precursor to overtraining.
ummm,just starting out
May 11, 2002 1:08 PM
thanks for your post -- yes, it was pretty significant. about 10 BPM. both yesterday and today. i forgot that i started a birth control pill a few days ago ... wonder if that might have any effect? i think for my confidence, i'll just chalk it up to increased fitness.

anyway, lonefrontranger -- your race reports are inspiring. keep them coming...