mikesbytes wrote:Thanks Brentono
I originally started this thread to gain understanding on the application of heart rate monitors. The feedback has shown to me that heart rate isn't particularly interesting for short interval training but there seems to be some value in road training and racing.
Resting heart rate is another topic and I must admit I haven't taken a lot of interest in it. I agree you shouldn't compare with others.
There is a theory that you can use resting heart rate to detect early symptoms of overtraining. From memory, first thing in the morning when still in bed you take your heart rate for 3 minutes (value1), stand up, wait 30 seconds then record for 90 seconds (value2). What you are recording is the average BPM for value1 and average BMP for value2. The theory is that if you do that every day and notice a trending increase in value1 and value2 you are approaching an overtrained state. Of course it could equally be that you are coming down with an illness such as a cold. I haven't tried it yet because I am barely exercising but will try it out in the next week or so and see what happens.
In terms of training with a heart rate monitor, I don't find the heart rate function particularly useful yet but I have some experiments that I would like to run. My watch has running "cadence" and cycling cadence and what I would like to know is this: for the same distance and speed:
1) what is my heart rate at a cadence of 70, 80, 90 and 100
2) compared to how it feels to complete the distance at those cadences
Right now I am just using it for time based interval training but in the future I would like to set the alerts for pace for temp runs and tempo rides. If I want to run 5k at 6m/km I can set the alerts to make sure I am in a pace range around that. Can also do the same for cycling. I can do the same for cadence for both running and cycling but I am not sure I will do that yet.
I guess for longer efforts you could set upper and lower heart rate limits to make sure you are not going too hard (will blow up) or too easy (you'll make it but it might take a while). I have not tried out these so I'll let you know what happens when I do.