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Old 07-29-07, 08:46 PM   #1
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New problem - can't hit > ~75% max HR

OK, I just moved from Placitas NM to Fort Worth TX -- from 6k ft altitude to a few hundred feet. On top of that, I moved from roads where hills where constant (either up slowly or down quickly, lots of long 10+% grades) to roads that are fairly flat. I have been using my HR monitor during training and for racing, but even with doing sprint intervals my legs start to burn like crazy and I hit fatigue failure before my HR goes much above 70%.

So, short of finding something new like a stairmaster or running, any tips on keeping my cardio fitness up? Or is this just something I sacrifice and pay for next time I'm riding at higher altitudes? (Enjoy it while it lasts?)
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...and I hit fatigue failure before my HR goes much above 70%.
Sounds like your cooked.
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Old 07-30-07, 12:24 PM   #3
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Uhh, cooked =?
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Uhh, cooked =?
Muscle fatigue, I would guess.
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Muscle fatigue, I would guess.
Pretty much yeah. Overtrained. Your body needs a break.
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Yeah, you're overtrained, or at least overreaching. Give it a rest. No intervals. Just do a few zone 1 or 2 rides a week for a couple of weeks or so. Might take a month. Once a week try going hard and see if your HR comes up normally. If not, continue with the easy rides program. HR coming up easily comes from riding less, not riding more or harder.
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and I hit fatigue failure before my HR goes much above 70%.
Meaningless statistic. NO one knows what's going on.

What do you know about training, and your HR response? When was the last time you saw your Max HR, or the last time you held your HR above LT? How long can you do that?

In any case, if you feel "off" - then consider that you may have problem. When was the last time you checked your HR monitor batteries? Be careful.
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After a few weeks of way backing off on my biking to baby my achilles tendons, I found that I was having a harder time w/ the climbs on my commute. I wondered if I was detraining or something (not that I was ever specifically training as such). I toodled along in that reduced state for another month or 2, and happened to get a medical checkup, my 1st in years and years, I just thought it was time. Turned out I had pneumonia! (verified by x-ray) A course of antibiotics later, I am strong as ever, muscle and lung-wise. Still taking it easy on the ankles, though.
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