Thursday, October 21, 2010
I Heart Biking! Help My Heart!
So, just in case biking is all I have for a while, I figured I should probably get the best out of my Trainer training. Tonight I was just going out for a long ride and was able to get a little over an hour on the trainer. I wanted to pay attention to my heart rate because I always read a lot about heart rates, and it makes me feel guilty that I have no idea what my heart is doing because I just kinda go as hard as I feel I can. I don't know what kind of heart rate I'm supposed to be targeting during my long rides, short rides, or whatever I do.
I started my ride and after about 15 minutes, after a nice good warm up and once I started to get nice and sweaty, I checked my heart rate and it was right at 180 BPM. I figured that was a good a heart rate as any, so that was my target for the rest of the ride. I was able to keep that up the rest of the ride and was able to end on a good couple minutes at about 200 BPM.
This is where you come in... I don't know if that is what I'm supposed to be doing or if I should be trying to go harder, backing off a bit, or what. I think I have a slightly higher base heart rate than normal, with my resting heart rate being right around 65-70. Am I off on my BPM targets? What do you do with your workouts? Am I on the wrong track completely, thinking that it matters what my heart rate is doing?