What's your maximum heart rate?
Hi all: I'm curious about something. I have just recently started riding with a heart rate monitor. For those who haven't tried one, a HRM can be very interesting and informative. It's not for everyone... certainly not for people (like Ms. Raket, for instance) who like to just ride and not worry about numbers. But if you've got a bit of a scientific/technical bent, or if you simply like some quantitative feedback on your riding, i can pretty informative.
Given that I'm about to start using heart rate as a training tool, one of the things I need to know is my maximum heart rate. So today I rode a short, fast time trial to see what my number is.
The rough rule of thumb for maximum heart rate is supposed to be 220 minus your age. I've also heard, however, that there is a considerable amount of individual variation from this rough rule.
So: My numbers are an age of 50 and a max heart rate of 182. For those of you who use heart rate monitors, what's your age and max heart rate?