Join Date: Jan 2005
Bikes: '05 Madone 5.2, '12 Cervelo P2C
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Help! I can't get it up!
My heart rate, that is...
Try as I may, I can't seem to get my heart into my optimal training zone for most of the past three weeks or so (which I assume to be from around 146 to 160 given my age of forty years). I try and try-- but I seem to be mired in the 120 to 140 zone regardless of the effort I put into my training rides. On one hill that I do pretty regularly, I make around 155 bpm, where as last year and earlier tis season It took me up to 170+.
Earlier this season I got a PR
in my club's weekly time trial with an average HR of 172 for the ten mile course, but last week I could only muster an effort of 155 despite the agony. To make matters worse-- I was a minute and ten seconds slower! I wanted to chalk that poor showing up to a bike adjustment on that very day (longer, and flipped stem), but I know that there is something else going on
. Also, my energy levels have been pretty low lately.
I thought I might be over-trained so last week I rode only two days but yesterday's ride yielded more of the same.
Does anyone know what factors could contribute to these symptoms? I know the info I've given doesn't give one a lot to go on, but I don't see what good going to a doctor will do me considering relative to 99 percent of the population I'm in marvelous shape so my doctor would likely tell me that nothing's wrong.
I've recently quit drinking alcohol (probably a non-factor, really).
I've undergone immunotherapy via sublingual drops for my allergy induced asthma. This could be significant actually, for if my understanding is right this could be a matter of my muscles needing to catch up to an improved, more efficient cardio-respiratory system. Then again, I have no idea what I'm talking about.