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Old 02-22-13, 10:05 AM
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Heart Zone Training

I've started playing around with heart zone training. I did a Sufferfest Video,"The Wretched". Compared to the last time I did it, on January 24th, I spent 8% more time in zones 4 & 5. My average HR was 6bpm faster and the maximum HR was 3bpm higher.
Being new to heart rate training, I don't know haw to interpret this. I presume it is good to be able to stay in the upper zones longer. I just don't know what to make of this. Any insight?
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Old 02-22-13, 10:32 AM
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Sounds like you're getting stronger, which is what one would expect from doing Sufferfest intervals, or any hard interval work. If you have a limited amount of time, working harder is a good thing as long as you don't overdo it. You'll know you've overdone it if you can't get those high heart rates no matter how hard you try. Otherwise, it's all good.
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Cool. Thank you
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Agree with carbon...if you hammer too much, you will not physically be able to elevate your HR to normal levels. I was there this summer and could not get above 160 no matter how hard I tried. I was exhausted and on the brink of over training syndrome.

Now that I am rested and training smarter, I can spike at my normal 200 (I'm old), but more importantly, ride at 175-180bpm for a loooooooooong time. I have a Physician "Technical Adviser/Coach" who I sent a recent roller training ride to and he reported back that I am in very very good aerobic shape but now is time to start short power work and building muscle.

Stick with it, you will see the gains and they come pretty fast at first. What's nice now that you are focused in on your HR, is that you will see your improvements as they happen.
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