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Originally Posted by Comatose51
So the highest I've ever seen my heart rate go was around 208 BPM. So 80% would be around 167. I have my HRM set to go off at 168. The problem is that when I do that, I seen to do worse than if I didn't have my HRM. If I just let myself go at a pace that I'm most comfortable with, it would be around 172 -175. I would be a little short of breath and feel a little strain on my chest but I can keep that up for at least an hour before my legs tire out and I have to go slower
I assume you've read somewhere that 80% is about as hard as you should train?
80% isn't hard for most of us when our legs are fresh. You may notice as you ride more that there are other days, when your legs are 'dead', that maintaining 80% is a bit harder.
I'm no huge expert on training techniques using HR monitors and power meters, but 80% MHR is only one type of 'routine', and there are many other techniques working at higher and lower heart rates (intervals, endurance, sprints, hill sprints, etc).
Here are some of Armstrong heart stats in bpm:
Time-Trial 'race pace':
Ave HR during endurance rides (4 to 6hrs):
124 to 128
(click on "about Lance", then "ket stats")
There's probably more stuff on Carmichael's site.
As you can see, Lance's race pace for a time-trial, which may go for as
long as ~1 hour and 15mins is 93.5 to 95.5%!!
So, don't feel restricted to training at 80% all the time