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  1. youhaditcoming

    youhaditcoming New Member

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    Hello,

    This might be a silly question ... How different is to have an Average heart rate of 145 for example, against an steady heart rate of 145 throughout the entire ride ?

    Thanks
     
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  2. SolarEnergy

    SolarEnergy New Member

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    Could you ask your question differently? Because if I'm not mistaken, a steady heart rate of 145 throughout the entire ride actually gives you 145 avg.
     
  3. FREDBLACK

    FREDBLACK New Member

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    But an average heart rate of 145 does not necessarily mean a steady heart rate of 145 throughout the ride. Hope this clarifies OP question...


     
  4. Alex Simmons

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    I don't think anyone can sensibly answer the question. There would be a million scenarios for a ride to average a given HR. What is the difference that you are trying to understand?

    e.g. tooling about for 30 min followed by a 30min race is considerably different than boring yourself stupid on a trainer for an hour at fairly moderate intensity.
     
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    Your handle says it all....

    Yes, it's a silly question :p
     
  6. mikesbytes

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    Is WarrenIsAnIdiot still banned ?
     
  7. wiredued

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    A steady 145bpm for 60 to 180 minutes would be considered a tempo ride for most people this is probably still in the sweet spot range for raising FTP. It would give you additional performance adaptations such as increased muscle glycogen storage check out Dr Coggan's Book. http://www.amazon.com/Training-Racing-Power-Meter-Hunter/dp/1931382794/sr=8-1/qid=1169913228/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-4432017-0624663?ie=UTF8&s=books

    The 145bpm average heart rate scenario for whatever the duration you're thinking of could include multiple levels of adaptation and you would have to know the durations of each or use a power meter, software and coach to evaluate it.

     
  8. Roadie_scum

    Roadie_scum New Member

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    Hi,

    I for one don't think it's a particularly silly question...

    Heart rate lags the changes in how hard your pushing (power), and so instantaneous heart rate (look down and see 145) isn't always a good indicator of how hard your going. Also, HR can be affected by how you slept, the temperature, if you had a coffee, etc. Finally, even on a 'normal' day for your HR, you can average 145 in lots of different ways. You can go really hard for 10 minutes, then really slow, you can ride steady, or you can sprint for 1 minute, then rest for 3-4. All these might give you an average HR of 145.

    The more interesting question is, why are you aiming for any particular average HR in your sessions and could you train more efficiently for your goals?

    Hope this helps.
     
  9. youhaditcoming

    youhaditcoming New Member

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    Hi,

    After some riding and training i understood your point. Actually, average heart rate readings can be very misleading. If you do ride at a certain heart rate level continuosly ALL the ride, then you are training your body specifically for that level (be it aerobic, anaerobic etc). While the average heart rate reading alone for a more varied ride (hilly & flat, or interval training, or an actual race etc) doesn't mean much if you want to assess what your body had done in terms of training.

    Thanks and regards!
     
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