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Calling HRM gurus
So I've been using a HRM for a few months now...I have an observation and a couple of questions.
(1) As best I can tell I have a max HR of 186 or so. (Calculated, and actual observation bears this out). I typically ride at about 158-160 bpm comfortably for as much as 1.5 hrs. Last weekend I did a long ride...about 110 the first day, and 80 the second day. Day 1 I was frequently going along at 165-167 bpm for extended periods with no ill affects. And no problem from a recovery standpoint on Day 2. Why could I go at a higher bpm for longer times than I typically do on training rides? Does adrenelin really help that much?
(2) I use Polar M62 which has the "FitTest" feature....wahoo, it must be good! So I've been using it regularly as directed (same time every test, relax before, etc.), and I get very consistent numbers saying I'm a 54. I am 41 yrs. old and have it set to "HIGH" activity level. So last week I set up User Profile #2 with all the same info, except "TOP" activity level. Consecutive test yielde 54 for User 1 (as expected), but a whopping 63 for User 2. So what's going on w/the test? I thought the test would yield a LOWER number if it thought I was a "TOP" activity person, but it yielded a HIGHER number. Anyone know what's going on here?
Thanks for indulging my goofiness.