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Old 08-04-03, 10:37 AM   #1
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Reliance on a heart monitor can seriously damage your performance

Reliance on a heart monitor can seriously damage your performance:
http://www.pponline.co.uk/encyc/0006.htm

"....Don't worry about your heart getting tired
Basically, your heart is pretty much along for the ride. It will do what your leg muscles tell it to do (within limits, of course; the legs can't tell the heart to beat faster than max heart rate, for example). If your heart's been whacking away at 93 per cent of max for a good deal of time, it will never shout down to the leg muscles, 'Hey chaps! You've been pedalling (or scampering) for long enough. I'm getting tired, so will you please slow down?'
In fact, your legs will become fatigued far faster than your heart does. The heart will slow down if the leg muscles slow down, not the other way around. That's why the focus of your training should be on your leg muscles - that is, on the pace created by the leg muscles. Your goal should be to develop greater fatigue resistance in those leg muscles at your desired running paces or cycling speeds. You don't have to worry about the heart getting fatigued: that old fellow can pound away at high rates for long periods of time. Your leg muscles are your weak link...."

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Old 08-04-03, 10:54 AM   #2
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Is this true for all people? Or just healthy?
My father is recovering from a heart attack in Feb. and watches his heart rate constantly when we are out on a ride. He is also very concerned with the fact that I currently do not have a HR monitor.
I'm assuming that my father is a special case. In his case the Heart Monitor helps with his performance.
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Old 08-04-03, 11:00 AM   #3
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I wouldn't stress my heart too much if I just got out from a heart surgery. The article is definitely for people with healthy hearts who want to increase their performance.
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i've had days (especially REALLY hot ones) where i've been able to cruise at 90% MHR with no problem at all.
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Yeah, I usually reach 90% while climbing, no problem. It's my legs that beg me to stop.

If I don't allow my heart to reach 90%, I won't be able to climb the hill at all (for you who live in Bayarea, I am talking about Hicks road). I think that's the point of the article.

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