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Old 07-27-10, 08:50 PM
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Questions about max heartrate

I have pretty recently started using a heart rate monitor while training and racing. I have used them occasionally in the past but not too seriously , and not for a great length of time.

I race the same Mid Week Crit every Tuesday and have been a bit surprised by my max heart rate. Tonights was max 206, avg 165, last weeks was max 205 avg 170, I forget the week before......

I am 39 , 5'8", 155lb and I am racing the faster more elite paced race, of the 2 this evening. Its pretty fast and I attacked for 2 laps and held on after I dropped back.
sorry to be so long winded, just trying to give a little backdrop of info, but is a max of 206 dangerous? My resting is about 60-62bpm.

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Not a doc, but I've got a teammate who's in his late 40's and regularly goes over 200. It varies from individual to individual.
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Originally Posted by Trev Doyle
I have pretty recently started using a heart rate monitor while training and racing. I have used them occasionally in the past but not too seriously , and not for a great length of time.

I race the same Mid Week Crit every Tuesday and have been a bit surprised by my max heart rate. Tonights was max 206, avg 165, last weeks was max 205 avg 170, I forget the week before......

I am 39 , 5'8", 155lb and I am racing the faster more elite paced race, of the 2 this evening. Its pretty fast and I attacked for 2 laps and held on after I dropped back.
sorry to be so long winded, just trying to give a little backdrop of info, but is a max of 206 dangerous? My resting is about 60-62bpm.

thx
no, everyone's different, and max HR really doesn't mean anything

better question to ask is: what's your avg HR when you do a ftp effort? that's HR is a much better indicator for training purposes
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I'm not sure it's even possible to measure a true maximum heart rate on a bike - it'd require pushing yourself to the actual point of collapse, and possibly heart failure.
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Originally Posted by mcjimbosandwich
no, everyone's different, and max HR really doesn't mean anything

better question to ask is: what's your avg HR when you do a ftp effort? that's HR is a much better indicator for training purposes

+1... any trainer, article or book that mentions max HR as a guide, is about 25 years out of date. It's useless for our purposes. Threshold is what matters when you're training with HR.
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Originally Posted by pretzelface
I'm not sure it's even possible to measure a true maximum heart rate on a bike - it'd require pushing yourself to the actual point of collapse, and possibly heart failure.
There are many reasons for heart failure. Pushing too hard on a bike isn't one of them if you have a normal heart without some underlying condition.

To the OP: It's OK to observe your max HR but it doesn't provide much info. It will fluctuate with outdoor temp, hydration level and fitness and a few other factors.
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