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Old 10-31-04, 12:28 PM   #1
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What heart rate should i be aiming at?

Just curious, if i ride for two hours with a 5 minute break at the half way point what kind of heart rate should i be averaging? Also, is there any danger in making your heart go super fast? Today when i was climbin it hit 198 at one point, is there any risk of harming myself by doing this? Most of the rest of the ride my heart was around 160-170 except some point where i was climbing it was nearer 200 and some i was coasting it was more like 130.
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read all this and enter in your info, it should get u on the right track

http://www.brianmac.demon.co.uk/hrm1.htm
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Just curious, if i ride for two hours with a 5 minute break at the half way point what kind of heart rate should i be averaging? Also, is there any danger in making your heart go super fast? Today when i was climbin it hit 198 at one point, is there any risk of harming myself by doing this? Most of the rest of the ride my heart was around 160-170 except some point where i was climbing it was nearer 200 and some i was coasting it was more like 130.
HR is a great tool, but if you're not using it correctly, then it really is useless. HR is particularly useful for interval work and working at lactate threshold. I would seriously reccommend reading Chris Carmichael's "The Ultimate Ride" if you really want to make some serious progress. He outlines several workouts to do on the bike, all of which are dependent on the concept of periodization. Some of teh stuff is pretty advanced, but you can apply general concepts to your HR training. Hope that helps!
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