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Old 12-14-05, 10:32 AM
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Love Polar HRM Data Graphs (WARNING: Tech geek thread))

Just thought I'd share...

I love the Polar software, recording, and graphing functions. I guess it just fits well with techies. I have recorded every ride since day 1. I just thought I'd share a couple graphs. Not to much good for comparing other people's graphs, but post yours if you'd like (May want to remove your name).

Short background for data analysis:

I am 33, been cycling for 15 months and currently cycle about 100 miles a week. 15 miles tues, weds, and thurs, then about 50 on sat. I am around 175lbs (from 210) and about 5'10". MHR is around 200. Here are two of my graph captures from a S625X. I don't have altitude turned on since it's flat here and 130' above sea level.

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awesome! I had no idea their software was that cool!

do you have any problems with your h.r. spiking any (at least your hrm saying so..) mine is always freaking out and going up to 105% max and then to normal every once in a while...

What do you use for the contacts w/ your skin? water or some kind of goo?
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thomspins - It could be caused by power lines. Some of the Polars are really sensitive to power lines, mine is. I don't use anything on my contacts.

Here is a graph from my ride this past Sunday. It was a 52 mile ride I was on, did a lot of slow riding the first 1 1/2 hours or so. I was using my winter bike so it didn't have speed or cadence sensors activated. Red is heart rate, black is elevation.


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Here is a ride from a couple of months ago, this was an easy ride where I was instructed to ride primarily in zones 1 and 2. Blue is speed, red heart rate, green cadence, black elevation.
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mine (s720i) is sensitive to some powerlines and will go off the chart! but usually is quite reliable and accurate... i've taken the gps along to check it out... the mph and distance are pretty spot on!
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That's great Tivo enjoy your toy! I love the Polar S725i that I bought 4 months ago. I really enjoy the information I can gather from my workouts, and it allows you to get to know how your body works in conjunction to your cycling.

One question about your graphs though... I noticed that your HR is high at the start of your ride (100 -110 bpm) is that your normal resting HR or are you warming up before turning your HR monitor on??

Just curious
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Could you post which Polar's you're using with these graphs? Id like to be able to gather the info that you're getting as i get more into cycling and training and know which model made them.

I have a S120 but it doesnt do much at all. It was a good entry level heart monitor but now i'd like to move up. Dont want to hijack the thread though and make it about the monitors and not the graphs so posting the type with the graph would be cool .
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I am using the S-725 heart rate monitor. My graphs actually look exactly like tivo's before I upload them to www.trainingpeaks.com .
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I have a Polar 725 with the power kit. It is very cool - the cheap man's ergometer. Some folks have complained that it has to be "dialed in" and I have not found that to be the case. Any wireless anything that I have used next to big transmission lines has had problems and this includes my cell phone.

I also really like the Polar Precision software and was wondering what the Training Peaks software does analysis-wise. Is the analysis that the Training Peaks software adds useful? I mean beyond a cool graph or two, what is the value that Training Peaks offers over Polar Precision software? I mean actually useful to you, not hypothetically useful.
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Well training peaks is useful to me because it is where I receive my workouts from my coach and where I post my results. I just upload them to training peaks and he can look at them and figure out how I am doing and what needs work on and what doesn't. I honestly know very little about what everything means, I pay him to figure it out for me.
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I'm into the graphs, too but for me it's the computer Discovery uses - the HAC4. 1/2 the fun is coming home after a great ride and seeing the stats.
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I also have the S625x and enjoy it but I don't have the IR port to use the Polar software. After looking at this thread, my IR port will be ordered tonight!
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Originally Posted by thomspins
awesome! I had no idea their software was that cool!

do you have any problems with your h.r. spiking any (at least your hrm saying so..) mine is always freaking out and going up to 105% max and then to normal every once in a while...

What do you use for the contacts w/ your skin? water or some kind of goo?
Train Overhead Power lines screw mine up (HR up to 230odd bpm, speed 110 kph and cadences of 192!!), it's probably because they're lower down than most HT lines are, here in Perth a lot of the bike tracks go alongside the railway lines, so I just try and avoid those routes now!

It's fairly simple to correct with the software though!
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That software is actually the only reason I stll have a windows computer in the house. Well the occasional Photshop. But I really got so dependent on seeing that data, that when i broke my 720, I almost felt like my rides were wasted. Hopefully Polar repairs her under warranty, and I can get back to things soon...
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Here are a couple I dug out of the archives that are noteworthy for me. The first one is my first race, the Santiago TT. I had taped over my HRM and rode by feel alone. I intended to start off slow and build up throughout the race, but review of my file showed I got up to about 190bpm within the first 3 minutes and kept it there the whole race.

The second file is one of the training rides in my coach's winter riding camp. It was from Borrego Springs, through Julian, up Mount Laguna and back. What a beautiful ride - 104 miles and 8200 feet of climbing. One noteworthy thing was that I set a personal cadence record on this ride. At the end of a ride, my coach always has us do single-gear (39/19) sprints to flush out our muscles. I've hit 194 a few times doing these sprints, but haven't been able to get any higher.

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Originally Posted by thomspins
awesome! I had no idea their software was that cool!

do you have any problems with your h.r. spiking any (at least your hrm saying so..) mine is always freaking out and going up to 105% max and then to normal every once in a while...

What do you use for the contacts w/ your skin? water or some kind of goo?
I simply use water. Never had a problem. I have seen some spikes. One 70 mile ride I didn't notice it while riding but when I transfered the file, my speed went to like 60mph in two spots, which is when I passed the same area twice, one time going, and one time on the way back. I knew it was interference so I simply went in the file and corrected it.
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Could you post which Polar's you're using with these graphs? Id like to be able to gather the info that you're getting as i get more into cycling and training and know which model made them.

I have a S120 but it doesnt do much at all. It was a good entry level heart monitor but now i'd like to move up. Dont want to hijack the thread though and make it about the monitors and not the graphs so posting the type with the graph would be cool .
Mine is the S625X. Don't use elevation since it's flat as a flitter in south GA.
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Originally Posted by trekking_TW
I also have the S625x and enjoy it but I don't have the IR port to use the Polar software. After looking at this thread, my IR port will be ordered tonight!
JFYI, I have this one and it works great. You'll save a few bucks from the $40 Polar version and you can use it as a universal IR device.
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Originally Posted by mellowdave
That software is actually the only reason I stll have a windows computer in the house. Well the occasional Photshop. But I really got so dependent on seeing that data, that when i broke my 720, I almost felt like my rides were wasted. Hopefully Polar repairs her under warranty, and I can get back to things soon...
Well,

Photoshop is available for Mac OS X. Aperture is probably a better piece of software though and is available for MAc.

I use my 720i with my MAc and I use the software from OTAG ( www.ismarttrain.com) , all the same info and features as the polar software, even better - it's on a MAC.
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Just a quick hint on the 625x and power lines. If you find it getting more and more sensitive to power lines, they pickups are probably becoming a bit cruded with sweat. Use a little detergent (dish washing liquid or something) to clean them up, rinse them out and viola. My guess is the strap just takes the electrical impulse of your heart and "broadcasts" that, and not a digital signal saying "heartbeat" with some sort of error correction attached.

They really should update the standard to a true digital format, zigbee or bluetooth or something. BT would be cool.

I use the polar software and it works great for me. There are some things I would like to change, but they are easy to work around for the most part. I just wish they had a way to select a 5 minute selection and force it to use the averages of the rest of the ride. Even with clean sensors I have 5 minutes near the beginning and the end of my ride where I am going 69mph with my heart speeding away at 250bpm. Average rates wouldnt be perfect, but it would be close enough.
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Originally Posted by waytoomanybikes
Well,

Photoshop is available for Mac OS X. Aperture is probably a better piece of software though and is available for MAc.

I use my 720i with my MAc and I use the software from OTAG ( www.ismarttrain.com) , all the same info and features as the polar software, even better - it's on a MAC.

While I doo have several macs, THIS machine, my workhorse is a PC running Linux. NOT OSX.

Thanks for the insightful advice though.
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I'm thinking about getting the S725X to get data logging from from rides. I have the F11 now and love it. Other than looking at the graphs, what type of anaylsis are you able to with the data?

Are their specific program features in the Polar Precision Software that you use?

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From the final portion of Milan San Remo (as a training ride).

Power in Black.
HR in red with HR zones colored in background.
Cadence in Green
Speed in Blue
Profile in purple.

Its a great documentation tool!
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Yep, the software is one of the things that sold me on the 725. Here's one of mine.
For the record birthday #54 is happening this coming Tuesday. I'm 5'9" and now 145 lbs down from 175 originally. I bought my first bike, a mountain bike, 8 months ago and my first road bike 3 months ago. I'm doing this because the Doc said I had to do something so I picked something fun. And I'm loving it.


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Originally Posted by mellowdave
While I doo have several macs, THIS machine, my workhorse is a PC running Linux. NOT OSX.

Thanks for the insightful advice though.

Use GIMP then. Sorry to jack the thread! *scurries off*
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