heart rate for newbies

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by eagles633, 6 Mar 2018.

  1. OP

    eagles633 Active Member

    great post !
    i got the chest strap monitor with the bundle when i was bought the garmin.
    i'l be interested to see the changes as i go along.
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  2. bpsmith

    bpsmith Veteran

    I am currently a tiny bit heavier than my summer weight of last year and also not as fit yet as not ridden loads in 2018 yet.

    I went for a short blast last night, chasing the light before it got dark. I pushed myself a bit and wore my HRM to see what the stats looked like when I got home.

    I wasn’t out of breath but doing a reasonably hard equal effort for 11.5 miles. Here’s my HR data:


    The start was mostly downhill and filtering in traffic. The rest was mostly bypass type roads and on the flat.

    What it shows is that your heart knows what it’s doing and shifts the right amount of blood around. I didn’t feel unwell at any point, even when it peaked at 198 as have no idea where that happened. My point is, you can “listen to your body” as stated numerous times above. You can still do that whilst wearing a HRM, but have the added bonus of having the data to compare later on, once you get fitter.

    At my highest fitness level last year, I could do an hour with an average HR of 183 and topping out at 205. At 40 years old, that definitely doesn’t meet the so called standard Max HR or 220 - your age.

    We are all different! Just don’t panic if your HR is higher than expected. If you feel fine, then you usually are. :smile:
  3. OP

    eagles633 Active Member

    Thanks for this. put my mind at rest a bit more. My graph is a bit more up and down than yours. That's with all the stopping i'm having to do at the minute though. Snowing heavy here today so another days rest for me. Probably for the best.
  4. bpsmith

    bpsmith Veteran

    I know my effort was a last minute blast, at fairly constant level, so not surprised at my graph.

    You can certainly take comfort in your graph showing your HR dropping when you stop, then riding again with effort. Certainly shows your heart is doing what it’s supposed to. If it remained high after stopping, for continued length of time, then I would be a bit more worried.

    Sounds like you’re certainly being careful with your approach, but don’t get too bog down by progress and stick with it. Once the legs and the lungs get used to this change in routine you will soon build up more endurance and be able to tackle longer rides.

    It doesn’t get easier, you just get faster. :smile:
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  5. OP

    eagles633 Active Member

    yeah taking it easy. Plan is 2 days off for everything to fully recover. Hopefully i'l get all the way around without stopping tomorrow. A couple of hills gonna get their arses kicked tomorrow #overthetop ha
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  6. bpsmith

    bpsmith Veteran

    Is the # cross-referring to an 80’s Sylvester Stallone movie? :smile:
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  7. OP

    eagles633 Active Member

    ha ha sure is from the movie,good spot! I remember watching at the cinema and actually liking it. I see it's on netfix now. Don't think it would of aged well :smile:
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  8. bpsmith

    bpsmith Veteran

    Enjoyed the reference used to describe climbing the hills. Fair play. :smile:
  9. Cuchilo

    Cuchilo Prize winning member X2

    I haven't read the whole thread as most replies say dont bother and thats not what you are asking about .
    You already have your max heart rate at 180ish ( mine is 193 i think ) you need to find your resting heart rate to set your zones . I did this by waking up one morning , putting the monitor on and laying back to snooze with the garmin running .
    Look at your heart rate after riding to see what you are doing , you know the ride so can see what zones you are in .
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  10. OP

    eagles633 Active Member

    Thanks for the info.
    My heart rate was set to 30 on the garmin. I'm going to reset it for next time.
    I did check my resting heart rate when i first got the monitor. It was under 60 if i recall. Below avg as i'm definitely not an athlete.
    Been out today and did 14 miles 850 feet elevation.
    zone five 40%. zone four 40% on the garmin app
    Stopped a few times on the hills so not sure if it means much at this stage.
    Sun shining, no wind and over 5 degrees temperature.
    Felt great :-)
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  11. buzzy-beans

    buzzy-beans Senior Member

    And as each mile went past you no doubt heard a blob or two as varying degrees of blobby blobby dropped off ^_^
  12. OP

    eagles633 Active Member

    Lets hope so as that's my main goal for getting on the bike.
    With it being so cold lately iv'e been going out wearing 4 layers.
    Still wore 4 layers today when it was scorching 5 degrees and nearly melted in the sun.
    Was soaking wet when i got home. Addicted to the scales at the minute.Can't go past the bathroom without checking my weight :-)
  13. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Assume you've changed your diet too? You won't lose weight just by cycling, you'll hopefully feel fitter
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  14. OP

    eagles633 Active Member

    I'm trying my best :-) 20 days off the booze after being a drunk for 30 years.
    Iv'e stopped the crisps and crap.
    I'm not too concerned at the moment cutting to much just as i start on more exercise. Don't want to crash and burn before i get started.
    Thought i'd lost a pound in weight earlier but it turns out i wasn't wearing my trainers ha
    tx for posting
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  15. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Excellent. The "Felt great" bit is what really counts - as long as you're feeling good after a ride, you'll want to keep doing it.
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