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Old 07-17-2013, 01:18 PM   #29941
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To put things in perspective HR-wise, I get on the bike and the Garmin says ~55bpm.

I start riding and I can tootle down the road in the 80s. I get going at 100. I'm working at 130. I've seen 159 this season, but that's as high as its gotten.

I can maintain 140-145 for a long time, but get higher than 145 or so and I'm in trouble.

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Old 07-17-2013, 01:26 PM   #29942
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Fun riding with the fast guys, huh?
How do you like the 550?
Once I get some more real road miles under my belt I figure I can ride with the shops early morning rides some weekends.
Last night I got caught by three young, semi-fast guys, and sat it for a bit until the masher at the front slowed down to slower than I wanted to go. I went to the front since the other two guys seemed to be just hanging out and wound it back up to where I had been when they caught me.
Dropped them.
So into the wind I figured I'd see what I had, and wound it to 20 mph and hung there until I got to the construction.Long light let me recover quite well. When they caught me out in the wind again, I spun up to the back, and just sat.
That's what those young guys are for. Motors to tow us old fat guys around.
It's a great feeling to see marked improvement over time! You sound like you are getting stronger by the day... 550? Do you mean the Garmin? It is a 500, and I like to be able to see my total mileage, average speed, routes, etc. VT in 2 weeks!!!
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:42 PM   #29943
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Yes, the 500.
I'm thinking eventually of migrating to one device.
One ring to rule them all...
As far as I got myself out of shape daily improvement with regular workouts is easy at this stage.
Though today I am beat a bit.
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It's a great feeling to see marked improvement over time! You sound like you are getting stronger by the day... 550? Do you mean the Garmin? It is a 500, and I like to be able to see my total mileage, average speed, routes, etc. VT in 2 weeks!!!
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:24 PM   #29944
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Heart rate.
For me my resting pulse has always been low. at times low enough that some would think there was a problem.
In high school when they first took notice of this during a pre-season physical, (Our team doctor was one for the Denver Bronco's. No, we were not that good, the workout facility was near our school and one of our coaches and the doc were buddies.). Anyway they noted my pulse at 23. I was 15 or 16.
After getting married 7 or 8 years later it was measured again when the company I worked for had a big company-wide physical. Two things I recall from that, first they had us blow into a tube and hold a ball at the top of a column. I blew into the tube and held the ball there more than twice as long as anybody else had. And second, they tried to retire me on medical because my heart rate was too low along with my blood pressure. My family doctor who had known me since I was 3 or so said nope, normal for me.

Now the BP isn't that low. I forget what it is, but it isn't real low, thanks to work and inactivity.

My heart rate is coming back down. Resting I'm normally around 45 to 50. When I warm up I figure I'm warm when I'm spinning with little effort at 120-ish.
I currently easily work hard and average 140 bpm for two hours. That is probably about as hard as I can sustain for that period on average. My max so far seems to be 173.
The last day I climbed I noticed it was there and I had about 200 feet to get to a level, shaded stopping point. When I stopped I was wobbly, not light-headed yet, but definitely worked.

Last night I noticed I could push into the 150's and hold my effort there for a while, maybe a minute, which felt like five.
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:05 PM   #29945
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Last night I noticed I could push into the 150's and hold my effort there for a while, maybe a minute, which felt like five.
. I don't understand how someone of my age and physical condition can maintain a higher heart rate than you and Gummee.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:07 PM   #29946
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Obviously Gummee! and I are incredible physical specimens in some sort of beyond category level of conditioning.

I just finished a hard workout where STRAVA says I hit over a Kilowatt of output no less.
And my pulse here at the computer after about 20 minutes is 67 bpm.
I averaged 130 for an hour 44, and bounced off the max a bit at 173.


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. I don't understand how someone of my age and physical condition can maintain a higher heart rate than you and Gummee.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:38 PM   #29947
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You should see my HR charts in Garmin Connect. No straight lines anywhere. I can go from 'full gas legs on fire!' to 70-bpm in the space of a downhill.

Highest I've EVER seen was 181. That was right after college down at Haynes Pt. ...and that was 1994

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Old 07-17-2013, 09:07 PM   #29948
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What are you guys using for heart rate monitors?
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:20 PM   #29949
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What are you guys using for heart rate monitors?
I usually just hold a couple fingers on my neck while I'm on a serious climb
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:33 PM   #29950
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:39 AM   #29951
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What are you guys using for heart rate monitors?
Edge 500 here

I wanted the ability to add a power meter (this year sometime) and didn't need mapping.

Get the upgrade strap from Amazon if you go Garmin. Same price as wholesale.

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Old 07-18-2013, 04:49 AM   #29952
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What are you guys using for heart rate monitors?
Garmin Edge 800 with a Bontrager heart monitor.
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:59 AM   #29953
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To put things in perspective HR-wise, I get on the bike and the Garmin says ~55bpm.

I start riding and I can tootle down the road in the 80s. I get going at 100. I'm working at 130. I've seen 159 this season, but that's as high as its gotten.

I can maintain 140-145 for a long time, but get higher than 145 or so and I'm in trouble.

M
That just doesn't make sense to me. I'm a 52 year old weekend rider. I don't do any other physical activities, yet I typically maintain a HR in the mid to upper 150's on every ride. You and Mr Head are racers, in much better shape than I am. Shouldn't both of you be able to maintain higher heart rates than I can?
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:48 AM   #29954
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I use my Garmin 510's heart rate monitor.

I'm now understanding how when I see on strava somebody beating me but at a lower heart rate they can do that. For me I see I averaged like 180 bpm, people faster average 167 bpm, I'm like "why am I trying so much harder than them" but it could just be that I have a higher max.

I guess my question is does having a higher max really help you with anything?
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:53 AM   #29955
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I use my Garmin 510's heart rate monitor.

I'm now understanding how when I see on strava somebody beating me but at a lower heart rate they can do that. For me I see I averaged like 180 bpm, people faster average 167 bpm, I'm like "why am I trying so much harder than them" but it could just be that I have a higher max.

I guess my question is does having a higher max really help you with anything?
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