normal for people of similar fitness and age groups have totally differing heart rate levels when excercising (particularly cycling).
I am 32, 67 kgs (147lbs) and have an estimated max of 195. When finishing my ride or CV exercise my average heart rate is considerably higher than all of my fellow riders. I would expect that to be the case with riders much older with lower maximum HRís, but I find it the case with riders of a similar age and perceived fitness.
Regardless of my perceived fitness levels my Ave HR is nearly always 160-165 over a 2-3 hr ride, whereas my fellow riders of a similar age would seem to be 140-145 at the same intensity of effort. Maintaining 170-180 for a long time is very normal for me and causes me no pain or problems, 150-160 feels like no effort at all.
I only have start most gradients and I am at 180 in an instant. But I am still one of the best hill climbers in my club !
I tried keeping it down recently on a steady, level solo ride, I really took it easy and didnít suffer all. But as before the ave HR was 165 !
Is it possible to have this much variance at the same perceived effort levels or is it : -
a. That I am putting more effort in than others and am suffering more than, I think they are.
b. I am not as fit as they are, and I am kidding myself. And pushing too hard.
Thanks in advance for advice