Training & Nutrition - good recording HRM's
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03-13-06, 12:33 PM
I'm having a hard time getting an accurate measure of how long I'm spending in various heart rate zones because I keep forgetting to change zones on my current HRM (Polar s150) :rolleyes:. Even when I keep a close eye on what my heart rate is doing, the interface to change the zone on the monitor is a pain to use, so I know I'm not keeping an accurate track of my training...
What do ya'll recommend as an HRM that records an entire workout? After the workout, I'd like to be able to download the data to my computer and then calculate time spent in various zones. Alternatively, are there any monitors out there that automatically switch zones, so I can get an accurate listing of time spent in any zone?
Polar 720 plus the USB/IR interface will do what you want. It has zones (like the 150), but unlike the 150, it will track time in each zone regardless of which zone is active on the display. Polar's PC software will total the time spent in each zone. Or you can export data to a spreadsheet and crunch numbers to your heart's content.
03-14-06, 09:17 AM
I was looking at the 5xx through the 7xx series Polar HRM's last night. These things really satisfy my need for data (I'm a computer geek, after all). I'm not sure I want to spend $300 on an HRM, though. Are there any other HRM's out there that will track time in each zone, without the gee whiz PC interface?
03-14-06, 12:56 PM
Polar F11 will.
03-14-06, 02:50 PM
Will it track time in zones without having to press a button on the monitor to activate different zones?
I also have the 720i. It's pretty good, though the software is a little weird. It downloads to the PC over IR, and IIRC, you can set up things like the training ranges on the PC and download them to the watch. It does normal cycling, and you can add cadence or power if you want it (cadence cheap, power expensive).
It tracks time in zones automatically - you get a chart that shows your whole workout and details the time in zones. All you have to do is hit the start button, wait for it to grab your heart rate, and start riding.
I use a Timex watch along with a Data Recorder to keep a computer log of my workouts. Their software shows how much time you spend in each zone, and you can export the raw data to a spreadsheet for further analysis.
03-17-06, 10:21 AM
I use a Polar AXN 500. Love it. Never had a problem.
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