Help with working out at the gym and heart rates
I've been off the bike for about 3 months because of a broken clavicle, and haven't done much as far as riding on the trainer. Today I went to the gym with my girlfriend and after doing some spinning on a crappy lemond brand bike-ish thing that had no data output except cadence, I saw that they had a bike thing with a screen in the front, that simulates various routes and lets you steer. I set it to a "difficut" climbing route and ended up averaging 175bpm over around 45 minutes and a little over 100 watts apparently. I don't feel like this was very good, but I'm pretty heavy (180lbs 6'2") and I've always been terrible at climbing.
I was wondering what I should be doing on this machine. I had my heart rate up to 195 at one point so I think my max is probably somewhere a little bit above that. Is pushing 175 too much? I know my performance has dropped a lot because I've been off the bike for so long, and partaking in less than healthy activities. What kind of wattage/ heart rate numbers should I be shooting for? I don't know if it matters but I wasn't breathing hard or even trying particularly hard throughout the whole thing. I didn't even need to breathe through my mouth. I'm just a bit concerned about my heart rate since the person next to me never broke 100bpm and their average power was similar to mine (their peak power was a lot lower though).
Last edited by mazdaspeed; 01-11-09 at 12:42 AM.