Another HRM question
OK...so I got a HRM the other day and have a couple of questions about what it's telling me.
The night I got it I read all of the liturature that came with it (not much) and played around with it.
Resting (ie: sitting in my recliner) heart rate was 57
Got on the bike (Raleigh C-40 Hybrid) and went for a 33 mile ride.
Climbing my first hill, around 8% for 1/2 mile in a high gear standing on the pedals, I got up to 172 before I ran out of steam and had to shift down at the top.
Cruising along at 19 mph, I was at 145 - 150 BPM and comfortable.
Climbed a similar hill near the end of the ride, I hit a max of 168, climbing in a low gear on the saddle.
I know the formula they give you in the instruction book is a W.A.G. at best, but it said I should have a max of 166, upper limit of 128 and a lower limit of 106 (figuring I'm an advanced user, whatever the he77 that is).
How can I tell if I'm getting a good workout using this thing, and probably more importantly, does it really matter as long as I feel good about my workout?
BTW I'm 41, 186 lbs (lost about 10 recently due to advice from you fine folks!) 5'10" if it matters
Ignore the "formula" in the instruction booklet. Do hill repeats and push every time and see if you can find your max heart rate.
Disclaimer: Of course do this only if you are in great shape and consult your doctor first.