Aerobic Development, Base Training, & Polar Ownindex

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  1. JTE83

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    Ok, for those of you who own Polar heart rate monitors -- do any of you have a success story of doing base training and then your Polar Ownindex (or VO2Max) score had increased. Tell us how many miles you did, what % Max Heart Rate you trained at, and how much your Polar Ownindex score improved. Tell us where your score started and where it successfully ended.

    My Ownindex score last year mostly stayed around 36 after 2080 miles of biking. I don't know why my Ownindex score is now 40 even after a 9 week winter of no training - and currently as of March 18th 2005 I had done 406.2 miles in 2005.

    If your Ownindex score increased from other types of training - like intervals or fast paced training tell us about that too! State how old you are, your weight, and maybe how many miles of biking you did last year or this year too.

    I'm now 36, and I only bike to lose weight, for transportation, and to save gas. I've raced once but racing takes too much training.
     
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    I own simple Polar (M62) for about a year but I have not seen any changes during this time. But I know a guy who bought Polar when he started to train regularily and his OI jumped from 48 to 68 within a couple of years. He did tremendous volume, at least 1500 km/month on an FS MTB!
     
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    i have had a m62 for over a year, i cant remember what my ownindex was when a first got it. but it has been around 71/72 for the last 6months or so. In saying that i have been consistently doing 400-500km a week for the last 3 months and i havent checked my onwindex in 4 or so weeks so ill see if there has been any change. i think my max was 72, but i have fluctuated between 70/71/72.
     
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    Wow - that's a really high Ownindex. How fast are you on a road bike? What's your top speed and average speeds? You go around 248 to 310 miles per week!

    I wonder if Ownindex is the same across all Polar HRMs.
     
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    These are my Ownindex scores.

    Owniindex Date Weight (lbs)
    40 7/2/2004 178.2
    37 8/1/2004 171.4
    35 8/8/2004 170.8
    36 8/12/2004 169.4
    40 8/28/2004 165.4
    37 9/10/2004 162.4
    40 9/26/2004 159.8
    40 11/29/2004 159
    40 1/13/2005 162.8
    40 2/24/2005 158.4
    39 3/1/2005 157.8
    38 3/23/2005 157

    I have reached a top speed of 32.9 mph on my Cervelo Soloist Team bike, and I biked 2080.88 miles last year. So far this year I've done 471.9 miles as of March 25, 2005.

    It seems like Ownindex doesn't necessarily improve with lower weight.
     
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    i am 17, weight about 64kg and i am 178cm tall. my ownindex has always been high. In the next 2 to 3 months i aim to be racing in the elite crits held each weekend in my area, i race cat 1 at the moment.
    i didnt race for around 4months because of scholl study and just did a really good base, needless to say that first crit back was an experiance. the legs were stunning, the heart was struggling. haha
    id say i average about 28-29km on a long flat day, but there are way too many factors involved.
     
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    I really didn't believe in OwnIndex but I did it anyway when I got it first. My ownindex was 49 or 50 last year, July of 04. After reading this, I just went and did it and came out to be 68. These numbers don't mean anything to me really.

    Last year was my first year cycling. I trained without any knowledge and I put about 5,000 miles (without trainer). This year, I have a coach and team mates. I haven't ridden that much b/c of school, part-time job and other activities, but i feel like i'm stronger than last year.

    Best Wishes,

    Soo-re
     
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