Good afternoon everyone. I have belonged to another forum for many years, but for some reason, it is "waining". Anyway...I am 62 and have been road riding for 20+ years. All recreational, with a centuy or two each summer. I retired seven years ago and have really been increasing my mileage this year. Finally, after 35 years, I have COMPLETELY quit smoking (one year ago) and my cycling has improved substantially. (duh?)
This year, my resting heart rate has gone from 78 to 49 and my average blood pressure is typically about 135/75. The 49 resting rate is genetic (now that it isn't raised by smoking). My father had to have a pacemanker to raise his resting rate when it got to the high twenties when he was 75! Strong as an ox though.
I ride with a cateye and I ride based on a max heart rate of 165. I got that from the 220-age, plus I then added 5 because I've always been involved in athletics and 160 just seemed low to me.
On tough, long hills, I just continually plug along at bout 5-6 miles and hour in an easy gear and try to keep my heart rate below 150, but I have to really concentrate on my breathing. Under those circumstances, I am just short of Lactate threshhold, but I can make it up most hills in my area without stopping. Some are two or so miles and 7%.
Anyone in my age range have any comments on my resting rate. blood pressure or my heart rate or speed on hills. I have never had anyone to ride with, so all I can tell about my progress I get from the forums.
Thanx for reading