just another gosling
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Everett, WA
Bikes: CoMo Speedster 2003, Trek 5200, CAAD 9, Fred 2004
Originally Posted by pedalhard
Yes this I understand , but what is meant by improvement? Actually I tend to overtrain and had read that using this number can let me know when I need a rest day[no I never listen to my body I am hard headed] so it's still unclear as to what this nuber means ? is lower or higher better. Is it how quickly you return to your resting heart rate?
The higher the number the better. So it's a hard effort number minus your HR after some short period. Therefore, the lower the high number and the higher the low number, the smaller their difference will be, right?
The two most noticeable symptoms of overtraining are (1) that your HR doesn't get as high with effort, and (2) that your resting HR becomes elevated. Thus a shrinking number will mean that you are getting tired and need a rest. So you want to look at the trends in this number, and not so much its absolute value.
My Polar has a similar test, where you measure your resting and standing heart rate and note the difference between them.