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View Poll Results: What is your average cycling heartrate when on a training ride?
<= 125 bpm
0
0%
125-130 bpm
2
2.90%
130-135 bpm
0
0%
135-140 bpm
7
10.14%
140-145 bpm
11
15.94%
145-150 bpm
9
13.04%
155-160 bpm
17
24.64%
160-165 bpm
11
15.94%
165-170 bpm
7
10.14%
170 >= bpm (What are you, a pro?)
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7.25%
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What is your average heartrate when training?

Old 06-02-06, 04:42 PM
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What is your average heartrate when training?

Curious.

State your age and average heartrate.
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38 yo, 155 bpm
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Old 06-02-06, 04:57 PM
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Age 36

Zone HR Range (bpm) Power Range (watts)
1 120 - 138 175 - 225
2 139 - 151 226 - 260
3 152 - 160 261 - 305
4 161 - 172 306 - 325
5 173 - 189 326 - 520

Recovery rides: <= Zone 1
Endurance rides: Zone 1-2
Tempo: Zone 2-3-4
Climbing workout: Zone 3-4
Sprinting: Zone 5
Crits: Zone 6

It's hard to determine an average since every workout is different.
I voted for 140-145
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Um, I'm estimating based on mid-season fast rides.
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~165 [range is mostly 160-185, not much time spent at 185 LOL]
Last time I checked, max HR was 207 [during VO2 max], now it's likely around 200.
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I'm 29. When I attempt to do medium paced ride, I average 165 or so. When I go out to ride harder, I usually average around 175. I'm not sure what my max is but I hit 200 the other day doing some really hilly mountain biking. I think I have a freakishly fast heart rate...
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Originally Posted by ulmer
I'm 29. When I attempt to do medium paced ride, I average 165 or so. When I go out to ride harder, I usually average around 175. I'm not sure what my max is but I hit 200 the other day doing some really hilly mountain biking. I think I have a freakishly fast heart rate...
I'm almost identical to you.

hard rides 175, races, 185 over 2 hours. max out around 201.
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55 yo, MHR 191, average about 140 - 150
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I'm 52 and have a HRmax of 175, usually I'm around 140 bpm on a ride. However I only occasionally wear my HRM, and only in the spring when I'm not in great shape and 5-10lbs heavier.
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39, Average 170+ (well, I won't be 39 for another 12 days, but...)

Went for my first 'real' ride last night with a friend who's been cycling for five years or so. We did 20 miles, give or take (a little over 10 out and then back on a linear park/rail trail). Four miles in, we were doing about 14mph (yeah, I know...slow) and having a conversation (honestly, talking back and forth, catching up on recent events, etc.). He looks at my HAC4 and the following exchange occurred:

Him: Hey, what's your heart rate?
Me: Hey, what's yours?
Him: You first.
Me: Alright, 177
Him: No way! Get out! Seriously, now wha...
Me: I am being serious. Why? What's yours?
Him: (holding up his wrist so I could see his HRM) 104! Are you feeling ok?
Me: If I weren't, would we be having this conversation?
Him: You're going to stroke out on me, aren't you?!
Me: If I were struggling here, would I be talking to you or sucking air?
Him: <boggle>

I just checked my log and I actually averaged 168 over that ride, but we had to stop a couple of times (a couple times for his back, a couple times for my numb left foot, once for a water bottle refill, etc.). But, if you take out the stops, I'm over 170 easy. We averaged between 13 and 14mph for the trip. I put shots of the CicloTour graphs up on my website (for my own motivation/edification, but feel free to look them and ridicule my puny efforts) at https://www.shermonster.org/gallery/v/cycling .

I've hit 202 for a short period before, so I call that my HRMax. And no, I didn't feel like passing out.

Oh, yeah, just started riding three weeks ago. Haven't done anything more than eight miles until last night. Other than last night I've ridden three times. I have a long, long way to go.

Now, how's that for a first post?
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Wow, I find it hard to believe a majority of training HRs are below 170 or even 180. When I'm training hard, I never see anything below 176. My max is approx. 196 .... I'm 36yrs old. My max in my lower 20's was approx. 214.
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I am 46, and when I am cruising along at 18 mph on flat level terrain on my road bike, my average HR is usually 145-160. When I am pushing very hard or grinding up a hill, my max tops out at about 175 or so.
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Frankly, spending all of your training rides in the same heart rate zone is not a very good way to train. The idea is that you should spend the bulk of your week's miles at a fairly easy aerobic pace (55-75% of max heart rate) and have various high-intensity intervals (hill climbs, sprints, etc) during workouts interspersed throughout the week with enough recovery in between that your body has a chance to improve.

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Originally Posted by woodcycl
Wow, I find it hard to believe a majority of training HRs are below 170 or even 180. When I'm training hard, I never see anything below 176. My max is approx. 196 .... I'm 36yrs old. My max in my lower 20's was approx. 214.
It really depends on a type of riding I do that particular day.
Anyway here are my zones: I still have a long road in front of me.
Zone HR Power
1 130 - 149 100 - 125
2 150 - 164 126 - 175
3 165 - 173 176 - 195
4 174 - 186 196 - 240
5 187 - 205 241 - 384
MSS 183 - 189 230 - 250
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Age 33

Normal Ride, medium rollers and 16.5 MPH .......155

Hilly with the rollers and same speed, 165.

Big hills and lots of standing/mashing........170-183

Max is 187 seen 192 once, didnt feel to good,

At the mid 180's I sit and chug the water to get it to settle down.

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Age 30

Just started to exercise again after a few years of zero exercise. So far I've only rode 1 bike path a few times (~1hr per). Small uphills and downhills... avg HR ~180; max swing 189. I think it has more to do with my lack of exercise than anything else. Should probably go read a book on training before I kill myself.
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age:31 AvgHR:156

My "Max" is around 190ish. Anything over 170 and I am OK, but not able to continue indefinitely. I usually feel like puking around 182.
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28, 170-185 while climbing. 150-165 on the flats... This is all when giving a decent effort. Max HR that I have measured is 198.
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47 y.o., avg hr in May was 151 (range missing in the poll) with an avg max hr of 171 (with an actual max of 178).
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53 y/o
able to sustain high 160's for long periods 170's for brief periods.
Most of the time time to stay in the 150's
Max mesured on the polar 183
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54 yrs old ---- 147-150
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140 - 150 is my average HR, my training HR is 160 - 175 and my recovery HR 110 - 125.
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