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Old 02-19-13, 04:30 PM   #1
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Endomondo + HRM

Hi all, there are a number of us planning a bike ride from Paris to Nottingham in July this year, I have just started to get fit for the ride, previously very lazy and weigh in at 175lb.

I road cycled a number of times (10 miles each time) and felt fine, I then purchased endomondo to monitor my progress and later purchased at HRM which scared the hell out of me on Sunday.

I did a 20 mile route which had a bit of a steep climb and my heart raced climbed to 199, I was knacked at the top but felt fine.. My question is 199 dangerous and will it get better..

I'm 46, I have done the calculation 220 - 46 and it turns out I should be 174.

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Old 02-19-13, 05:29 PM   #2
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My understanding is that max heart rate formulas are just rough guesses. To tune one's workouts accurately, one needs to measure one's max heart rate, really just by pushing oneself really hard. Similarly, it is best to know one's resting heart rate, which is best measured waking up in the morning, before any exertion, even standing up or best without even reaching for the HRM equipment - i.e., wear it overnight! With those two extremes, one can then set intermediate zones accurately.

So one cannot use an HRM and a formula to set a limit to one's level of exertion. One needs other criteria for that. Like especially please do not kill yourself!

I don't know that max heart rate changes much but for sure as you train you will be able to do the same workout at a lower heart rate or also more able to sustain a high heart rate for a longer time.
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Thanks for the reply, I will hold off calling the medics just yet then.

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You're 46, out of shape and starting what might be considered a relatively intense exercise program. Does that pretty much sum up your situation? Before you go too much further, I'd suggest a visit to a doctor for a checkup and a stress test.
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Rode for the first time with a HRM last weekend: Exceeded my max HR by 8 beats climbing a hill and my heart didn't explode! That number is just a starting point to work with. As explained by JK.

If the OP was scared by the big number but felt fine afterwards.......sounds like no problem. A high heart rate accompanied by discomfort could be a problem.
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My guess the problem is with the HRM. I'm 66 and mine sometimes goes to over 230 BPM and stays there for an hour or two. Sometimes, it reverts to 00 so I know that I died from afib.
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You're 46, out of shape and starting what might be considered a relatively intense exercise program. Does that pretty much sum up your situation? Before you go too much further, I'd suggest a visit to a doctor for a checkup and a stress test.
Agree 100%, if you can get your NHS physician to set you up with at least a check up then go from there. First time HRM users often have an initial "eye opener" with their heart rate spiking in a ride or a run, I wouldn't panic, just use the normal precautions before you get heavy into riding. Best of luck with you riding.

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I am sure I am in the minority and seeing as how you can't sue me..I wouldn't bother giving hard earned dough to a doctor if you are not sick. Heart rate monitors are notorious for giving bad readings. You have to work with them on averages and as a guide. Your body will tell you when you need to back off. Looking at the post date, your body may already be telling you
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Hi all, not been on my bike since my last post as I came down with a cold and may think this is why my HR increased... Resting its between 80 and 90 so I guess I'm still fighting the bug.

I will still pop along to the doctors though for a check-up

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