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Power vs. HR responses - do I need more rest?

Old 06-01-07, 07:50 PM
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Power vs. HR responses - do I need more rest?

I'm wondering if the things I'm seeing for power and HR indicate that I need more rest.

Here's the deal - I've had a few weeks of hard training and some racing (cycling and running)
and was feeling a bit tired. My plan was to finish out last week's training schedule which I did.
However, I noticed that even though I was meeting my wattage goals, RPE was higher than usual
. I was feeling pretty tired for a wattage that normally should have felt much easier. More noticeable was the fact that HR was about 10 bpm lower than what I'd expect for the 12-15' intervals I was doing. This went on for several days and combined with PMS made me feel like crap so I took a few days easy. So the last few days have been just 1 hour easy spins.

Today I wasn't feeling particularly zippy, but I was ok in the warmup so I decided to try a short
field test. My 5' power was a few watts higher than my PR from a month ago so that was good to see.
What has me a bit puzzled is the fact that my HR is still low. My HR average for the 5' test was still 10-15 bpm lower than what I typically see when I do these types of tests. I also tried a 1' test and where I normally get to within 5 beats of my max HR, I could only get about 10 bpm below it.


Does this mean my body needs more rest if I am still having trouble getting HR up?
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Old 06-01-07, 08:33 PM
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You should take a full day off the bike and try again, no 1hour spin.
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Originally Posted by Enthalpic
You should take a full day off the bike and try again, no 1hour spin.
I'll give that a try and see what happens.

When its hard to get HR up but the power is sort of there - is that a sign of fatigue or over-reaching? Or is it a symptom of over-training?
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The powermeter shouldn't make you forget everything else you already know about training. Higher perceived exertion for a given intensity is an indication that you can use some rest. Days off the bike, at least for me, do a lot more than even 1 hour spins. Hard to keep things as easy as they need to be.
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