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Originally Posted by Ryon View Post
Hi everyone

I am somewhat new to using a HR monitor and I know very little about using it to pace myself. I want to know, what would be the ideal HR to maintain over a long, flat century?

I am currently in training for the Tour de Tuscon, 109 miles, 500 feet of climbing.

I don't know if this helps, but here is my info:
I'm 6'6" and 190lbs
I usually put in 600-700 miles a month.
In the two weeks that I've had my HR monitor, the highet Ive gotten my HR is 195 bpm.
My resting HR is 70 bmp.
I can sustain 185 bmp for 6-7 minutes.

Also, what's the best way to determine your lactate threshold?

Any tips or advice is welcome. Thanks!
Look for the field test sticky post at the top of the training forum, and do that to figure out your lactate threshold.

Once you have that, you can figure out what percentage of your LT you can maintain over the long period. As one point of reference, my LT is around 145 BPM, and I wouldn't want to average more than about 130 BPM for a century.

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