What Heart Rate on Rides? Is 150bpm too high?

Discussion in 'Cycling Training' started by JamesAA, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. JamesAA

    JamesAA New Member

    Aug 10, 2013
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    150bpm seem to be my number. 155bpm is hard for me to sustain for a great length of time. 145bpm I can do all day.

    Do any of you ride at 150bpm or higher on rides (rides at least lasting 1 hour)?

    I'm talking about flat rides too...no real gradients.

    Oh and I averaged 18 mph, but the distances are relatively short.

    Is 18mph an ok speed? A bit slow perhaps? I feel like it's about so-so.

  2. Colnago62

    Colnago62 New Member

    Nov 24, 2011
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    Heart rate is not standard among individuals. Some people have very high heart rates, some have fairly low maximum heart rates. There really is no value in comparing yours to someone else's.
  3. kopride

    kopride Member

    May 17, 2006
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    I routinely beat away at 160 plus during workouts and have a resting heart rate that is crazy low, high 30s. On a steep hill climb, I can see 220. And I am 48 so I should be in a full state of cardiac arrest. Given that I appear to have a pretty peculiar heart function, I found heart rate data to be more distracting than anything. If I took it seriously, I would never train anywhere near to my limits. I use a power meter and base my training on my FTP or one hour.

    Same is true with speed. 18 mph into a gale force wind up a steep hill would be screaming fast. On a flat road with a tail wind, it could be downright pokey. That's another reason why folks train with power meters. Watts are watts regardless of how they are being expended.