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I'm a long-time cyclist looking to develop a good training plan. My available time is increasingly limited these last couple of years (2 year old, baby due any minute). I'm waiting on the book "The Cyclist's Training Bible" to help me along.
I understand that it's vital to measure my lactate threshold & max HR to organize training. Toward this end I ran a TT test I found on the internet to measure LT. I added HR info based on estimations:
15min warm up (HR 120-130)
10min tempo (HR 140-150)
20min "full gass" (average over this period = LT)
15min cool down (HR 120-)
From this test, my LT is 173. I'm surprised its so high. I'm relatively unfit and it's quite different from my estimation (also found on internet): 147 = Max HR * 0.8 = (220 - 36) * 0.8. I haven't yet measured my max HR. I found a test to measure it via the internet: Max HR after 4-12min interval with an ending sprint. The 0.8 multiplication factor is based on an estimation of my current fitness level.
Is there another test/calculation I could use to help verify my measurements? Any idea what my real Max HR might be?