This was originally a long post but I keep having to re-type it because it won't load up. Basically, the teacher keeps using me as a example for different exercises in a physical education class. The teacher is a former long distance cyclist so she keeps asking me to be the class example with my training numbers, specifically heart rates. She asked me my max HR and HR that I am comfortable exercising at and I told her 200 and 170 respectively. Everytime I tell my own personal numbers all the jocks sit in the back and talk about how full of sh*t I am. I just want to know from some more experienced cyclists if the numbers I get my feedback from are totally wrong or out of whack.
First my info, I am a 24 year old student and have been riding semi-seriously since high school and have been riding fairly hard the past 2.5 years(12-15K year). I bought a trainer this year for the first time since I have been cycling and am trying to put some of these numbers together.
I bought a Travel Trac magnetic trainer(with watts), Sigma Sport PC-7 HRM, and an Astrale 8 computer in Sept. I have been riding 1.5 to 2 hours a night, 5-6 nights a week since then.
Tonights ride(average hard ride):
2 hours, avg HR of 179(I reset the average after the warmup) and max of 191, avg watt 311 and max of 576, cadence was between 97 and 105 the whole time. I just switched the resistance to raise or lower output and/or HR.
Basically they, the jocks, say that these HR numbers are impossible. They claim that lactic acid buildup will force me to quit within a few minutes. As long as I warmup properly, and spin rather than mash, the burning in the legs is not a problem. I just want to know if the numbers I have given seem to be all screwed up, possibly because of equipment innacuracies.