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  • Get a coach/read a book, you lowlife.

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  • Get a new HRM, you cheapskate.

    1 12.50%
  • Retest your HR max, you clown.

    1 12.50%
  • Consult a qualified physician. Can I have your bike?

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    Junior Member wakko's Avatar
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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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    Climbing Fool terrymorse's Avatar
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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.
    Managing Director, Undiscovered Country Tours

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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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