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View Poll Results: What should Wakko do?
Get a coach/read a book, you lowlife. 2 25.00%
Get a new HRM, you cheapskate. 1 12.50%
Retest your HR max, you clown. 1 12.50%
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Old 05-03-07, 09:44 AM   #1
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HR question

Hello folks. Long time listener, first time caller.

Question about HR during long rides to build aerobic fitness. What is the rationale behind riding at 60-70% of max HR during long rides? To limit intensity so that volume can be increased?

I did a 2.5 hr ride at ~85% of HR max. Would I have been better off at 70%? Is there a physiological adaptation at lower intensity that reduces with higher intensity?

Thanks for any insight you can provide.
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Old 05-03-07, 09:57 AM   #2
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Check out this pdf:

Coggan A., Expected physiological/performance adaptations resulting from training at levels 1-7

That should answer many of your questions.
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Old 05-03-07, 10:16 AM   #3
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Also this site:
http://home.hia.no/~stephens/exphys.htm
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Extremely helpful. Many thanks.
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So, after reading through the info provided, it seems as though my legs are more capable than my heart, and that I should add higher intensity intervals to address this. Seem correct? Thanks for stopping by.
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