So I started cycling with a heart rate monitor last year - had only been riding recreationally about a year before that, and my heart rate during the ride always seems to be between 151-165 bps. I never really got organized with my training but I bought Joe Friel's book last year and planned to do a real routine this year. However with work I ended up just riding 6 days a week for about 1 hour to 1 hour and a half with one day off (Sunday) for most of April, May, June, and July. I keep forgetting to take a week off every month (periodization) to let myself rest, and 6 days a week is diminishing returns according to Joe (should be max 5 days).
Anyway I started doing group rides on Sundays a couple months ago and on the last two times I went, my heart rate was like 160-185 the whole time. I took a few days off and when I went riding with a friend of mine down the street, who is ex-cat 2 we were riding together and my heart rate was in the high 170s while his was 110! The odd thing is he said when his heart rate is that high he's near his highest exertion level and feels like he's giving it all he's got and can barely talk - while I'm sweaty but holding a conversation.
So I took 5 days off, thinking I might be overtrained and went out today (6 days later) after reading Joe Friels book again to try and do a basic endurance workout in easy heart rate zones. I've never tried to ride in zone 1 and 2 before for an entire ride (max heart rate 132 for zone 2 for my age, 32) and as soon as I get on the bike and pedal easy, I'm already in the 120s. I don't feel like I'm exerting myself barely and my heart rate spikes to 150 super easy. It's near impossible to keep it at or below 132!
It was 98 degress out when I went out today (I'm in Austin, TX) so maybe the heat has something to do with it? Anyway I'm SO frustrated, I feel like I've been riding in zone 3-4 for my entire rides for a year or whatever and now my heart rate is all screwed. I just want to be able to go out for an "easy" ride where my heart rate stays down, but today I was so pissed I just couldn't do it no matter how lightly I pedaled.
I came home and put the strap from my old polar on (I use a Garmin now) and got on the bike for a quick spin on the trainer and the HR was the same - just wanted to make sure I wasn't suffering from a broken heart rate monitor.
Can anyone help? Anyone have this happen to them, or know of some advice? Sorry that took so long to explain I was just hoping the background might provide some clues for someone in the know.
Thanks in advance.