Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Crownsville, MD
Bikes: 1998 IF Crown Jewel
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Riding @ 90-100 rpm in 39/19 my HR is already 160!!
I know I'm capable of busting out of the gates in 53/19 & 53/21 for extended periods of time [1 - 2 hours]; so I can only imagine what my HR is at when I'm there; mind you, I'm in pain the entire time in this gear...
Whats your max right now? How long have you been training? What kind of terrain are you riding, ie Flat? Hills? Rolling?
If you riding 1-2 hrs in slight pain your probably right at your lactacte threshold. Thats the point just before you go anerobic.
Knowing that I've got to bridge my aerobic HR with anerobic performance - what's the best method to bring my HR down [bridge the HR with performance]
Keep riding at 65%-80% for long periods. You need to train you aerobic capcity before you even think about working your anerobic systems. This is called base training. As you get fitter, your HR will come down for a given amount of work. But first you have to get past the point where every ride feels like an interval workout. This takes about 2 weeks to a month, hang in there.
3/ Your suggestion?
Put the monitor away and take the computer off the bike and just train. You'll ride better if you dont know the numbers. Just ride with out the stuff for a month or so until you feel more comfortable pushing bigger gears. Stay off the big ring. Just enjoy riding the bike for a while.
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