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Intervals with HRM(10 posts)

Intervals with HRMmanicoti
Dec 9, 2002 7:22 AM
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to do intervals with a HRM that only has one zone? It is a 20 min long interval with high RPM that I have to go up to Zone 2 for, but the other 80 min. of the ride is Zone 1. Any ideas?
re: Intervals with HRMallervite
Dec 9, 2002 1:59 PM
I am not sure I understand what you are asking. Are you having trouble finding your zone HR ranges? Are you looking for tips with technique, or are you trying to figure our how you are going to ride so easy for so long?
re: Intervals with HRMmanicoti
Dec 10, 2002 4:27 AM
It is not an interval in the sense of working on sprints and LT, it is a longer steady state period of time within a workout, refered to as an interval. I am increasing my cadence to 115+ for the 20 min. interval and trying to keep my HR within the prescribed zone. I will be on my trainer, and I am wondering if anyone knows how to work 2 different zones while the HRM is only built to record for one zone.
re: Intervals with HRMLactate Junkie
Dec 10, 2002 9:55 AM
Separate from my argument with others on intervals at anything other than L4 +. The best way to set up your HRM for what you want to do is to set your target zone in the watch for L2 then simply do the effort you want in the zone and back off to below the zone for recovery.

To the others on this thread, what he is describing is not an interval in the conventional definition of "interval training" or doing "intervals". It is an interval only in terms of it being an interval of time surrounded by other intervals of time.
Definition: Intervalallervite
Dec 13, 2002 10:25 AM
"It is an interval only in terms of it being an interval of time surrounded by other intervals of time."

Are not all itervals defined by time and effort? This seems to obvious to argue about.
Definition: IntervalLactate Junkie
Dec 13, 2002 4:02 PM
You are quite correct. However doing an interval in Z2 with rest in Z1 is an interval defined by time and a lack of effort, that way my point
re: Intervals with HRMLactate Junkie
Dec 9, 2002 2:47 PM
1. Intervals should be Z4+ to do any good.
2. The longest interval you should do, would be at max 10min. Longer than this you should start breaking it down into smaller segments with greater intensity. Personally, I think any interval longer than 5min is a waste but there are others that will disagree.
3. A 20minute L2 effort in a 80minute ride is not an interval by any description. It is just going a little harder for a while.
re: Intervals with HRMcharyne
Dec 9, 2002 9:59 PM
Call up Polar....they are great for helping out....

As to the person stating intervals are for Z4 only....don't worry about his nonsense.....

Keep on you plan....any coach would say you're doing it right!
re: Intervals with HRMLactate Junkie
Dec 10, 2002 9:47 AM
Who does intervals in zone 2!! NO ONE. Zone 2 is a recovery zone that is roughly 70-75% of Max or 82-88% of AT. The object of intervals--the only object--is to allow you to spend a greater portion of a given intensity workout at or near your Lactate/Anaerobic Threshold. Doing an interval in Z2 and recovering in Z1 is a total waste of time and does nothing to you from a standpoint of adaptive physiology that just riding along in Z2 doesn't do by itself. Do you have any idea what the hell you are talking about.
re: Intervals with HRMSpunout
Dec 10, 2002 5:05 AM
Set the alarm for your zone 2. When you exceed it, alarm goes, back off.

When your interval is finished, slowing your cadence will drop you into Z1 if you go VEERRY easily. FWIW, spinerval/form sprints/spinups should all be in zone 2 as well as your recovery period.