Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: East Tennessee
Bikes: 2002 Lightspeed Classic; 2010 Pedalforce RS
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I believe that for me, maximum heart rate is largely a question of motivation.
This year, several factors have contributed to reduce the length of my typical ride. I have been trying to make up for less miles by higher intensity, doing more hills and pushing myself harder, with a little rest (intervals, of sorts). I have elevated my "max" heart rate to a level I hadn't seen in 15 years (155 ->160 BPM). My Garmin said I hit 164 BPM, but I don't believe it.
In past years and earlier this year, I have had a tendency to hammer (or at least my facsimile thereof) for mile after mile. I think the continued effort made it difficult to expend the energy to get my heart rate up. I'm coming to view average heart rate like average speed. It is interesting to know what you can do, but I feel it may be counter-productive to general training.
My resting heart rate, measured in bed before I get up in the morning, is about 40. I wore my Edge to bed one night and it recorded an overnight low of 36 BPM. Not sure that really means anything, though.
Lately I have been feeling stronger on hills, in spite of being 10 lb heavier, than last year. I'm not sure how this is going to translate into a continuous effort. There is nothing scientific about any of this, it's just my opinion based on years of riding.
Cake - got to resist. Resistance is futile?