Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Yuma, AZ
Bikes: 2005 Specialized Roubaix Elite, 2005 Specialized FSR XC Comp, 2008 Blue T16, 2009 Blue RC8, Fetish Cycles Road Bike
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When losing weight, it never played any factor for me. Ride longer, eat less and healthier. I've always just done the basic calorie math.
When training, I use it to help define workouts and plan interval routine and provide a "limiter" for recovery days. My tendency (and from what I've read, many other's) is to work too hard on recovery rides. I use my HRM to define my "cap" for a given ride to make sure the recovery ride is just that.
I don't train to race, but I obviously like to see improvement. I look for rides in my journal under similar weather, similar training goal for that day, on same routes where my average speed is higher with an equal or lower average heart rate to help me see if I'm improving. It's not perfect, but it's a fun number for me to watch. Ultimately, I'm in it for the kilometerage.
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