Here is the scoop!
I have a Polar F11 HRM that was given to me to use and maby purchase, because I have never used a HRM. I have been cycling for the last 5 years or so and getting better every year. At 43 years old my century speeds are usually between 19 and 20 mph with very few rest stops. My resting heart rate is 47 currently and I ride by perceved exertion levels.
I have resisted a HRM because I was afraid it would slow me down, most of the guys I know that use a HRM, I can out perform.
Now my question is this.
If I use the Polar "Own Zone" to figure my HR, it puts me it will put me in a moderate zone that I can do with out even breaking a sweat, breathing fast, and going VERY slow! Even with the settings as high as they go, in Own Zone, I have been riding with an Average HR at the upper end of the high zone and feel like I get an OK work out.
Is the Own Zone only for people who are in poor shape?? Will I be better off using calculated target zones?
When hitting a hill, do you just ignore the High rate alarm and just blow over the hill,( this is what I do normaly with no HRM)?
Should I ride a while, keep records, and set my goals from these records?
Is a HRM just a worthless trinket, that is toatally unnessary for someone who is in touch with their bodies bio feedback?
Looking for a heading on the HRM stuff. Is it usefull or not?
Sign me Confused??