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    Does a higher heart rate = sickness or anything else?

    During a group ride yesterday I noticed that my heart rate was running much higher than usual and I wasn't able to hang near the fron as I usually do. Infact I got dropped twice but was able to catch back up. After seeing the data from my Garmin my heart rate was way above my speed and cadence on the graph were they usually are all bunched together. I did have a cold/allergies this week with coughing, sore throat, and achieness. Is this higher heart rate and low power a reult from the cold? For what it's worth my LTHR is 171. Thanks
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    Despite the obvious fubar of the HR monitor reading in the 250's you can see how the heart rate was on the same ride the previous week.
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    It could mean many things including sickness, fatigue, overtraining/overreaching, dehydration, etc. If you are/were sick, your body has to work harder just to maintain itself.

    If you know your typical resting HR, now would be a good time to check how it compares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmxsykes View Post
    During a group ride yesterday I noticed that my heart rate was running much higher than usual and I wasn't able to hang near the fron as I usually do. Infact I got dropped twice but was able to catch back up. After seeing the data from my Garmin my heart rate was way above my speed and cadence on the graph were they usually are all bunched together. I did have a cold/allergies this week with coughing, sore throat, and achieness. Is this higher heart rate and low power a reult from the cold? For what it's worth my LTHR is 171. Thanks
    I don't really notice a significant difference in HR in your 2 graphs. The reason they are all bunched together on the second graph is because the scale is different (275 vs 200). Chalk up your weaker performance to being sick.

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    you're still not recovered from being sick. take 2 more rest days.
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