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Old 08-26-05, 01:41 PM   #1
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Who was he?

As some might know, I'm trying to commute with a HRM. Unfortunately, my heart only knows 180 BPM time trial stuff. So this morning, determined to get that HR under 165, I lengthened the ride but got carried away going about 22mph for the 1st 4 miles. Some stoplights in between...HR is actually like 140...

As I'm going to climb the 520 trail, my HR blows up. No pride this time...I got off an walked about 1/8 of mile. Behind me comes another commuter...apparently, I'd been passing him every day for weeks. Now he sees me walking that bike...he FREAKS and hails. I give him the "I'm good" and kept walking till the HR went back down.

I ride the rest of the way to the light...In the distance, I see that guy. He was turned, and watching for me! I signalled the thumbs up as his light changed, he nodded, waved-- took off.

Whoever you are...thanks for noticing and not jeering!
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Old 08-26-05, 10:35 PM   #2
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Nice to hear someone's watching out when you could have been having trouble.

The HRM "blowing up" is exactly why I got the electric bike. It's not that riding up the hill with the motor is better than walking it -- it's just faster and I only have so much time to spend riding to work and from work.

I'll look forward to your thread telling us you've conquered that hill!
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Old 08-27-05, 12:30 AM   #3
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I'm confused.... you're trying to keep your heart rate low? Why?
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Not to arrive all sweaty to work, I presume. It's commuting, not training.
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I guess the Seattle commuters are friendlier or they feel some sort of camaraderie.
Around here it's hard to get a nod, wave, or smile from a fellow commuter.
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Not to arrive all sweaty to work, I presume. It's commuting, not training.
I'm lucky to have a shower room. My commute is usually a 20 mile time trial in the morning.
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Not to arrive all sweaty to work, I presume. It's commuting, not training.

Could be both.
60% of an endurance athelete's training is done around 65% MHR. This is where aerobic conditioning is done. Also, more fat than carbs are burned at this HR. As you get fitter, you become more efficient, and will be able to go faster for the same HR.
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I'm confused.... you're trying to keep your heart rate low? Why?
HR is an indicator of how hard your muscles are working. If they consistantly overwork, you slow down over the commute. If you igore these muscle burn-out warning signs, they get damaged. You go still slower (for the same effort), and it can take up to a year to heal-out.

Consistenly at the end of Aug, my commute times slow down. So I got a HRM and set @80%. My HR was rev'n like an engine to 80% as soon as I get on the bike --till the end of the ride...like no zone except anerobic.

It's been about 3 weeks and my heart is learniing to drop down during the ride. I arrive less tired. But I had to slow down 7MPH ON THE FLATS AND DECENTS TO ACHIEVE THAT!

Never the smug type...but it's very humbling!
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Could be both.
60% of an endurance athelete's training is done around 65% MHR.
Just trying to keep it under 80%...With the hills ect...65% is optimistic right now for me.
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It all depends upon heart and physiology. One of my training partners, who is also a peaks cycling coach says that I have a hummingbird heart. I am soon to be 45, my resting pulse rate is in the low 50s. However, I can keep my pulse at or around 170 for hours and my max heart rate this year is 203.
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It all depends upon heart and physiology. One of my training partners, who is also a peaks cycling coach says that I have a hummingbird heart. I am soon to be 45, my resting pulse rate is in the low 50s. However, I can keep my pulse at or around 170 for hours and my max heart rate this year is 203.
I'm similar. Age 35 a resting HR around 50 and a max of 205. I normally average 160 (80%) when commuting to work across the hills, and feel fresh as a daisy when I get off the bike. After 10 years of riding I still can't get my HR to come down to "normal" levels. A hummingbird is also a description I have used before to describe my high HR.

BTW. It's nice to know some stopped to offer help.

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