Higher Heart Rate

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  1. JAPANic

    JAPANic New Member

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    My heart rate seems to be running at a faster beat than it did a year ago.

    I'm not sure if this is a good sign or a bad sign.

    Last year to get my max I had to ride up a steep mountain. (got to 192)

    Recently I get to 192 on the flat while sprinting. (twice)

    Does this mean my heart is stronger now and my Max may in fact be higher than 192?

    I am riding a little faster than a year ago, and I've done about 6000km in that year.

    I was a little disappointed last week when doing a 100km race.
    My heart beat last year for the race averaged 160bpm
    This year I averaged 174bpm yet my time was worse than last year. (may have just been a bad day), but it rang some alarm bells. I was on a faster bike, but lacked drafting help compared to the previous year).

    Am I sick?

    Over trained?

    Undertained?

    Or is there nothing wrong?
     
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  2. in.10.city

    in.10.city New Member

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    You see the problem with relying only on HR as a gauge - as opposed to using power or at least incorporating HR and RPE and pace?? Practically anything will impact your HR. It could be higher if you lost some fitness (ex: put a couch potato on a bike and I bet his HR will get pretty darn high) or it could be from being able to tap into and activate more muscle fibers.

    The most important gauge is your pace.
     
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  4. JAPANic

    JAPANic New Member

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    I think you are right there as well.

    Next week I'm going to a mountain where I did my first HRM test. I'll go as hard as I can again here and see what happens.

    I couldn't even get to the top of the mountain when I peaked last time. If I get ot the top without getting off and I can push my heart to it's max again, I may be able to see if I'm a much fitter person whose heart can perform better now that it has been working out more than it did before.

    I may be able to get a higher max as well.

    I notice I don't get out of breath like I did a year ago and my heart returns to a normal zone very quickly after a sprint which is proof that my fitness is better.

    I want to get a doctor to do a V02 Max test as well... Been almost 2 years since I had it done before and I was in the worst shape of my life then.
    :eek:

    Thanks for your reply.
     
  5. zaskar

    zaskar New Member

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    Did you go through a rest period? i took a few months easy training after race season. now my heart rate goes up higher easier then it did before the rest, but im still in pretty good shape. a sign of overtraining is a lower hrt on the bike, but as another poster said could be lots of things.
     
  6. Trek1000

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    I noticed that when I'm fatigued, my heart rate seems to either be really high when i'm not putting out much wattage or i just seem to be really fatigued when my heart rate is as low as 145bpm. On these days after a hard ride when i'm trying to recover, I've noticed that the best thing to do is either to take a rest day all together, do some other cardio (swim, run) or just ride at a steady and easy pace down the Silver Comet. Over training sucks.
     
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