Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
I use an HRM and ride at around 140-150 for most of the ride. On occasions I get it up a lot higher than this, (Mid 170's)and do not then exert myself untill the breathing and legs come back again, generally around 140 and within a couple of minutes. However, for the last 5 minutes or so of a ride I cool down to around 120, but it does take a long time for the HR to drop to below 100. Perhaps this is because I am trying to clean the bike, or check it over, after the ride, but I also put it to a high resting heart rate that I struggle to get below 70.
You will know when you have recovered after exertion without the monitor, and unless this is an abnormally long time, is not something to worry about, or or read anything into.