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How To Use Heart Rate Data to Get Faster (Ask a Cycling Coach 259)

Heart rate can be an important tool for cyclists. Learn how to use your heart rate data to get the most from your training and more in this Quick Clip from Episode 259 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast!

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6 thoughts on “How To Use Heart Rate Data to Get Faster (Ask a Cycling Coach 259)
  1. Why can your friend deliver higher watts at a lower HR? Well everyones max HR and various HR zones are different. Max Hr is a bell curve. Some fall on the left side of the curve and some fall on the right tail. Given that genetic difference, every other difference has to do with training. I have no clue what Chad is saying as he never concedes that max HR has a genetic component. I know a female whose max HR on the rowing erg is 200 at age 60 and resting Hr is 40. That is genetics speaking on the max and training speaking on the resting

  2. My HR strap just died on me. Have not replaced it yet and quite frankly I have not missed it on my last few rides. In fact, one of my best rides was a TR outdoor workout. Kept the power locked in and nailed the workout.

  3. What is the "normal" drop in max heart rate as you get older? In my 20's and 30's I could get my heart rate above 220 bpm on long steep climbs. Now at 59 and returning to cycling after 20 years of not doing much more than mowing the lawn I can't get it to 170 bpm. I think that this terribly low. It makes long steep hills very difficult. I'm wondering if something is wrong with me even though I'm reasonably fit again now. Can I increase my maximum heart rate or this the way's it's going to be for now on?

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