Heart rate monitor versus cycle computer
I have a Timex HRM that I've been using for a while and I just re-installed a Cateye cycle computer on my bike. Just a few facts about me. I just turned 42, used to bike a lot but not so much in the last 10+ years, weigh about 190 but hoping to get back down to 170. I really just got back into cycling regularly in just the last month and change. I set myself a goal to train enough to ride my first century on September 18. So, here's my question.
My HRM is set right now for a basic cardio training zone of 130 - 148 bpm (my max HR is 186 bpm). I find that I tend (lately) to ride a bit out of the zone. Usually I stray out of the upper end of the zone to the tune of 150 to occasionally as much as 170 bpm. What I found with putting the cycle computer into operation is that my favored pace tends to be about 14-16 mph, which often puts me out of the zone. I've been thinking about just setting the upper range of my training zone a bit higher.
I'm going to buy a Cateye Astrale to replace my Enduro 8 so that I'll have the cadence feature to help me figure things out. I'm wondering if I should just set the HRM higher and train more in the zone, speed-wise that seems to be more comfortable to me. What do you all think? I really think the best feature of the HRM other than making sure I don't kill myself but exploding my heart, is the calories burned estimation. I guess I'm just trying to get a handle on how to use the different technological gadgets to help me train to best effect. Suggestions?