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High Max HR, high LT but not in shape
Can someone help me with advice on training? I am 25 and I have been cycling for over a year now and consider myself in moderately good shape, but I would like to begin training more seriously.
I have always noticed that I have a high max HR (usually work out in the 170's-180's and able to keep up a conversation). I think my max HR is somewhere around 205. My resting HR is 60. Today I decided to measure my lactate threshold. I was able to maintain 182 for 7 miles and could have gone longer. This works out to 90% of max, which according to most websites is way too high since I am far from an elite athlete!
My question: Assuming I haven't mis-measured my HR/LT values by too much, what does this mean? How should I focus my training to get in better endurance shape since I doubt I can push my LT very much higher?
p.s. I am a doctor and have a good understanding of the physiology... but I am at a loss!