Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: East Tennessee
Bikes: 2002 Lightspeed Classic; 2010 Pedalforce RS
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At age 58, I've been recording my heart rate on rides for about the last 15 years. My lifetime maximum recorded heart rate on the bike is 160 BPM (in 2004). My highest this year (on 2 occasions) is 158 BPM, so I can't say I've seen much of a decrease. (Note: this year I got a Garmin Edge and it catches peaks better than my previous manual method.)
I do notice that it seems to be harder for me to ride at high heart rates for extended periods now, I just don't seem to have the fire (pardon the expression) of past years. Also, my average speed has dropped 1 to 2 mph over the 15 year period in spite of riding more miles nearly every year. Some of the speed drop was when I started treatment for hypertension, some because I used to not log recovery rides, and some because I am just not quite as fast now.