I class myself as reasonable fit- Get out on the road and do hills in preference to flat rides and Sunday rides are normally about 40 miles. If I can get out in the week-I do a couple of 20 mile rides after work And If I was offered a century ride this weekend it could be done with ease.
Problem I have is with regard to heart rate. In comparison to mountain biking- I struggle to get the HR up to somewqhere near the max of 160 that I have. Mountain biking and it gets up near the max on most hills. Road riding and if I get to 150- it must be a steep hill or a long one. Just means I have to work harder when on the road bike I suppose but I am getting to the stage where I want to slow down on the rides- instead of blasting everywhere.
I also have a problem on resting heart rate. I struggle to get resting down to 70- but lying comatose on the settee watching the F.1 racing after a ride and I might get it down to 60ish after a while.
So you can imagine how I felt this morning when I was let out for a couple of hours. A two hour ride will mean 10 miles down to my cafe on the seafront for a coffee and PIE. Made good time down to the cafe and that pleased me. But there I am looking at the Garmin to view the stats and as I have said a good ride time today. Then I looked at the everage HR on the ride down and it was 128. Now that is good for me whem you realise the speed I do not go at and the rest on the downslopes. Then looked at Current HR. 54. I can never remember it being that low and then it dropped to below 50 for an instant. Couldn't believe it so a quick check on the pulse and it confirmed I was below 60.
OK.-I had been sitting down for about 10minutes and the coffee was just about finished and the eccles cake had tasted very nice. Good sunny morning and just watching the world go past with nothing to do except get back on the bike for a few more miles. But for me to get the HR down to 54 was remarkable. I have never noticed it get that low before so Have to put it down to the Cake- and the sitting down- and the really content feeling I had this morning.