Ive been riding 50-75 miles per week for a month now, got a new trek, like it, bought it to loose weight. Im down to 200 from 220 in july. I got a HRM and averaged 150-155 while just spinning pretty hard on the flats and up to 185-190 and once 192 while climbing.
Now, The last few rides, I have to really work to get my HR up to 155-160 and Its not been over 175 in 3 rides no matter how hard I work. Im thinking my heart is having to work less to deliver the blood and oxygen to its needed places. AM I RIGHT or Is somthing wrong.
ON THE FLIP SIDE.........
My cardio hasnt improved on those last 3 rides, yes my HR is lower, average now 144 to where is was 150-155 in flats. However, I still get out of breath just as fast and my legs get to burning just as fast after or into a climb. When I get to the top of a steep hill, Im still beat and VERY winded and my legs are burning like a mofo and even tho my heart feels like its going 1000 miles per hour, its 172, a far cry from 192 in my oppinion.
Does the HR, cardio and muscular system come around at different times or does one come in before another. Come in meaning getting well enough to handle and recover from my output?
I just have friends who I CANNOT keep up with and yes they are seasoned riders and are very fast. Yes Im impatient but Im seeing what I think is improvement. (I hope)
When I first started this biking, my Resting heart rate lying still after 20 minutes on the couch was 68, last time I checked it, it was 55-59 with a 4 second low of 50. So Im thinking Im going in the right direction if I could just get some freaking breath and power to the ground.
Help if you can!
Thanks in advance!