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Old 05-04-14, 09:36 PM   #1
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Terrible Heart Rate Zones

Hi guys. I ride my road bike mostly on flats and when I ride around 18-19mph (no head nor tailwind), my heart rate is around 173-179 bpm. Is this normal and how can I keep this down? Is this a symptom of lack in Zone 2 miles? I'm 26 years old and weigh 150lbs. Thanks
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Not enough information.
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Hi guys. I ride my road bike mostly on flats and when I ride around 18-19mph (no head nor tailwind), my heart rate is around 173-179 bpm. Is this normal and how can I keep this down? Is this a symptom of lack in Zone 2 miles? I'm 26 years old and weigh 150lbs. Thanks
Double posted here (by mistake, I would guess) and in road cycling.
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Overactive moderators deleted all the responses and left us to start over? I don't see it posted in any of the other forums.
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Honest, it was in Road Cycling and there were several responses related to cardio training.
Can't find it there today.
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Honest, it was in Road Cycling and there were several responses related to cardio training.
Can't find it there today.
I hear ya; but I made an entry in the 'other one' too and the only time I've been in the Roadie forum in the last 2 months was when I was looking for the other thread. I think there was just one thread and it got bounce around and ultimately robbed, or maybe deleted by mistake and re-started?

Anyway, the gist of my answer was that 170s isn't all that extreme for a young-un. The club cyclists I know that push their HR up that high are typically going much faster, though -- on the order of 22-25 mph. More zone 4 and 5 work is indicated.
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I hear ya; but I made an entry in the 'other one' too and the only time I've been in the Roadie forum in the last 2 months was when I was looking for the other thread. I think there was just one thread and it got bounce around and ultimately robbed, or maybe deleted by mistake and re-started?

Anyway, the gist of my answer was that 170s isn't all that extreme for a young-un. The club cyclists I know that push their HR up that high are typically going much faster, though -- on the order of 22-25 mph. More zone 4 and 5 work is indicated.
Yes, 170's is not out of line for a 20-something. I was unclear if that was an average for a long ride or just while he was pushing it.
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Catechism is max HR for age: 220-(age in years). So at 26 cerca 195/min. If you really are in the 170s at under 20mph, then you are
not well conditioned. I would expect HR in the 110-140 range at 17-18mph. Alternatively you may have an abnormal heart rhythm in exercise,
not likely but possible. Or your HR moniter may be malfunctioning, a much more likely scenario. Unfortunately very few people can do a
wrist pulse check that is accurate at that rate. 3 beats/second is just hard to count and you may miss some beats. If you
ride in groups, it is not unheard of for your HR moniter to be picking up another riders HR and this can be additive. Now if the HR is
counted at 500yds up a 10% grade at 17mph then you would, au contraire, be very highly conditioned.

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