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Elevated heart Rates during intervalsgotdirt
May 23, 2002 8:57 AM

Been reading the forum for a while and am posting my first question. From what I see, there are a lot of good opinions and experienced people on the board.

During my usual intervals I noticed that I am only able to get my HR up to about 93-94%. However, this week I was able to get it up to 97-98% on some hill intervals that I normally do. I was also able to hold my LT HR a lot longer too. I am now in the Peak/Race phase of my training (Joe Friel plan). Is it because I have been reducing my volume (more easy rides but same or higher intensity levels) that I have been able to do this (more rested)? I have a lot of base miles (2000+) and have been training since last December (base, build, etc). Has anybody else experienced this phenonemon? Is this part of the peaking process?

Thanks in advance for your responses/insight.

re: Elevated heart Rates during intervalsJon Billheimer
May 23, 2002 1:48 PM
Bingo! Everything's working as it should for you. Because you're rested, stronger, and fitter you're able to generate more power, to which your heart responds by supplying more oxygen to demanding muscles.