I've been out of cycling for quite some time and am just now getting back into -- I'm 52 years old and in pretty good shape save for the extra weight (5' 11" 220+ lbs). Now I have the Garmin Edge 705 HRM and have had various Polar models before that (725) and I have just recently downloaded SportTracks. Among the data they ask for is resting and max heart rate and I have to ask what the accepted method for calculating / measuring these are. Last night I used my 705 to measure my heart rate for a couple hours before going to bed and I saw it drop to about 68-70bpm while surfing the internet -- I guess it wasn't porn . I also ran it through the night while I slept and saw it averaged about 67 or so with a couple excurrsions down to 62-64 and, surprisingly, a few peaks up near 95 or so. So, is any of that data usefull for calculating resting heart rate?
My max heart rate has always been higher than my age would generlly indicate and I'd estimate it near 185bpm but at this stage in my training I don't want to push my max and so far the highest I've been is 171bpm. So, what is the normal method for testing for max heart rate. I could imagine just hitting a long hill and going flat out until I can no longer take it -- that should drive a max rate.