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Old 10-11-07, 04:40 AM
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Heart rates - observations and questions

I just bought a bike computer with a HRM and gave it a ~30km workout today. When I first strapped it on (the HRM) my heartrate at rest was about 100bpm - is this excessive? Maybe I was nervous with anticipation of the ride I was just about to go on.

I was riding with a group on the road and I noticed my heartrate was only about 120bpm. We were only cruising along the flat doing about 20km/h. Does this heartrate sound about right? It actually went down as low as 105bpm briefly at one point.

We got into a couple of brief sprints as well including a nasty hill climb sprint where my legs just went to jelly. On the flat sprint my heartrate went up to about 174-176bpm but I could only get up to about 164bpm on the killer jelly leg climb.

I'm 42yo reasonably fit (did a hilly metric century a couple of weeks ago and ride ~20km round trip to work most days). I am just starting out training for some road racing, have done plenty of non-competive endurance (100km+) rides previously.

I expected my resting heartrate to be lower and my maximum heartrate to be higher but I truly know nothing about what is a good or bad rate.
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Old 10-11-07, 05:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Falchoon View Post
I just bought a bike computer with a HRM and gave it a ~30km workout today. When I first strapped it on (the HRM) my heartrate at rest was about 100bpm - is this excessive? Maybe I was nervous with anticipation of the ride I was just about to go on.

I was riding with a group on the road and I noticed my heartrate was only about 120bpm. We were only cruising along the flat doing about 20km/h. Does this heartrate sound about right? It actually went down as low as 105bpm briefly at one point.

We got into a couple of brief sprints as well including a nasty hill climb sprint where my legs just went to jelly. On the flat sprint my heartrate went up to about 174-176bpm but I could only get up to about 164bpm on the killer jelly leg climb.

I'm 42yo reasonably fit (did a hilly metric century a couple of weeks ago and ride ~20km round trip to work most days). I am just starting out training for some road racing, have done plenty of non-competive endurance (100km+) rides previously.

I expected my resting heartrate to be lower and my maximum heartrate to be higher but I truly know nothing about what is a good or bad rate.
Try reading some of this to get a better understanding:

https://home.hia.no/~stephens/exphys.htm
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I'm 67 and I started riding about 15 months ago and when I started my resting heart rate was 95 to 100. Now that I've been riding that long my resting heart rate is 56 to 60. You maybe pushing it to much and then it reverses it's self. I read if you keep going over the max you're not gaining anything.
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Get your resting heart rate when you are truly at rest, e.g. right after you get out of bed. Test it for a few days in a row to get a good reading.

As you train, it may drop significantly. Mine dropped from 69 to around 51 (I'm 59 yrs. old). Your max should be somewhere around 175 or so, but that varies from person to person. And that will go down every year (even Lance Armstrong's max decreased every year), while your resting heart rate may remain the same.
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Everyone is different, so you really cannot compare efforts by looking at straight bpm. You have to establish your resting rate and your Max and your LT. None of these can be determine by formula you have to do direct measurement. For instance I am 50, my RHR = 58 bpm, my MHR = 197 bpm and my LTHR = 163bpm.

Once you have established these values you can look at various methods for HR sone training zone are focused on MHR others Lactate Threshold.
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Originally Posted by George View Post
I'm 67 and I started riding about 15 months ago and when I started my resting heart rate was 95 to 100. Now that I've been riding that long my resting heart rate is 56 to 60. You maybe pushing it to much and then it reverses it's self. I read if you keep going over the max you're not gaining anything.
This is off-topic, but:
Way to go! You should know it's guys like you that inspire me to keep my feet moving in life. I can imagine you riding your bike with a big smile.
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Old 10-11-07, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by SEAtrain View Post
This is off-topic, but:
Way to go! You should know it's guys like you that inspire me to keep my feet moving in life. I can imagine you riding your bike with a big smile.
I do smile a lot, but I think people think I'm nuts, but who cares, right.
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Those numbers actually sound about right to me, depending on how big you are. My true resting HR is in the high 50s or low 60s, but right before I get on the bike for a ride it will be up around 90 or so.

When riding on the flats, I'm in the low hundreds. On hills I go up to the 140s or 150s. I'm 48, 210 pounds with about 18% body fat.
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Originally Posted by Chaco View Post
Get your resting heart rate when you are truly at rest, e.g. right after you get out of bed. Test it for a few days in a row to get a good reading.
That may be hard to do as the computer is attached to my bike...and as much as I love my bike I share a strictly platonic relationship with it and it doesn't go anywhere near my bedroom!

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As you train, it may drop significantly. Mine dropped from 69 to around 51 (I'm 59 yrs. old). Your max should be somewhere around 175 or so, but that varies from person to person. And that will go down every year (even Lance Armstrong's max decreased every year), while your resting heart rate may remain the same.
I'll keep an eye on the figures. I'm not to serious about them at the moment, using the HRM more as a gimick ATM.

Thanks for the replies peoples.
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Old 10-12-07, 04:36 AM
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Originally Posted by unixpro View Post
Those numbers actually sound about right to me, depending on how big you are. My true resting HR is in the high 50s or low 60s, but right before I get on the bike for a ride it will be up around 90 or so.

When riding on the flats, I'm in the low hundreds. On hills I go up to the 140s or 150s. I'm 48, 210 pounds with about 18% body fat.
I'm about 5'10" tall, pretty skinny but with a bit of fat around the stomach and weigh about 80kg (~176lb).

Did some more testing with the HRM today and those figures sound similar to what I was getting, except for the low 50s or 60s.

I guess I wasn't truly at rest as I said with my original post as I had just parked the car and pulled the bike from out of it. What I meant was I wasn't doing any exercise as such.
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Old 10-12-07, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Falchoon View Post
That may be hard to do as the computer is attached to my bike...and as much as I love my bike I share a strictly platonic relationship with it and it doesn't go anywhere near my bedroom!
When you first waken, hold a couple of fingers on your neck or wrist and count your pulse for ten seconds. Then multiply by 6. Do this several days. Average the numbers and you should have a pretty good grasp on your resting rate numbers.

My Sigma BC 2006 has a second back that allows it to be used away from a bicycle. MIO heart rate watches can also read your heart rate without proximity to a bicycle.
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Or just be a badass and wear your HR monitor to sleep while recording. I promise, it's a lot of fun.

A year ago it was 42 in deep sleep and 46 while just waking up. My average pulse after just sitting down is around 44 right now, so I imagine that true resting HR is ~40.
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