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Old 12-15-2013, 12:34 PM   #61
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Originally Posted by mpeirce View Post
Huh. Are there others out there that exercise and completely ignore their heart rates?
I don't! I know I'm where I 'should be' in a workout because I'm sweaty and breathing somewhat hard. Even when I did a marathon, I just printed off a training schedule, put it on my fridge and just RAN - no timer or fancy watches. Ended up doing it sub 4 hours with negative split with no 'technical training' ... so if my workouts are half-assed because I don't analyze them, well, I think it's working out OK for me.

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Old 12-15-2013, 01:10 PM   #62
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No heart rate measuring for me either. I just pick a hiking pace/incline or bike speed that pushes my heart rate up to where I think I'm getting a good workout.

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Old 12-16-2013, 10:28 AM   #63
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Just finished a good workout this AM. My max heart rate went to 153 BPM while the average over 45 minutes was 142. This is a little more than usual for me. I was wondering how high your heart rate goes and for how long? I am 63 years old.
I'm 54 and my HR during exercise varies depending on the workout and its goal. In general, the average never goes below mid-150's, and I frequently hit 170-175, with a few swipes at 180 on really tough days.

I don't worry about how high my HR goes during a workout because I figure I'll pass out before I die. My body sends all kinds of "please stop" signals when I hit the 170's, and it takes a lot of discipline to keep that pace for very long.

I use the HRM to keep track of how many calories I burn so I can compare one workout to another. I also use it to measure how quickly I can recover from a maxed out HR. My goal is to hit the 170+ range and bring it back down by 30 BPM within 1 minute. Currently I can lower it by 20 BPM easily, and sometimes more.

More importantly, and slightly more difficult to quantify, is how much work I can do inside of a given HR range. After a year of intense training, that has continually progressed in difficulty, I find that I have to work 2-3 times harder now than I did last year just to break a sweat and get my HR in the 150+ range. Most of the people I train with are fantastic athletes 25-30 years younger than me, and we usually burn roughly the same amount of calories in a session, but their average HR and max HR is always lower.

I'm no expert on this stuff, but I've learned a lot in the last year. How I use a HRM and what I do with the info has drastically changed in that time. Now it's all about pushing my body to make it respond with improved capacity, and the HRM helps me measure that.
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Old 12-16-2013, 12:10 PM   #64
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I would like to, but recently at least I am regular...
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