How far into the red could and should you go when cycling or skiing?
I’m talking heart rate here.
I’ve just turned 47 (omg) so in theory my max heart rate is 220 - 47 which gives 173. I guess the red zone is that less 10-20% depending on who you listen to. So we are talking about the 145-173 bpm range.
Well that’s fine and dandy but I did my usual training ride the other day but strapped on a heart rate monitor (Polar) which showed I climbed 45 minutes at a pretty constant 193 bpm (I don’t think my heart can beat any faster) then dropping down to 15 minutes at 170 bpm.
Seems a bit dumb but the problem I had was gearing, with the bike I was using and the hill grade (all the hills out of the valley are steep) in order to pedal reasonably efficiently I had to put out that kind of effort, hence the heart rate. Of course I’m about to change the gearing on this bike to keep a more reasonble cadence/hr when climbing.
Of course my polar may have been misreading.