I bought a heart rate monitor last week and started using it to monitor what my heart rate has been during my training. I am 32 year old male as I assume that will come into play. Anyway, on Saturday I ran 6 miles and my heart rate was pretty much in the 170-176 range during the run after the first mile or so. It was a good effort run as I maintained the same pace I would had I run 3 miles. Anyway, the following day, I had a 20 mile bike ride and had my heart rate monitor on and noticed that during my ride, at my regular pace, my heart rate was only really about 140-150 bpm. So I thought that I must not be working hard enough considering the day before I was able to maintain a 170+ bpm for approx. 50 minutes. Would this be an accurate assessment or do I need to treat my bpm for the different sports separate.
As a result of the disparity, I put up more effort on the rest of the ride feeling that I was chumping out on my bike workouts. I brought my heart rate up to about 160-162 for a good amount of the ride and consequently increased my average mph by 2. But I was unable to sustain it the entire ride, I'd slip back into what my regular ride was like.
So I guess the question if it isnt clear is: If I am averaging a certain heart rate during one of the sports and it is considerably higher than in another, is that an indication of lack of effort? Is it an indicator that the running is my weakest event?
At this point I dont know what to think. Your advice is much appreciated!
The exact same thing happens to me, my heartrate is in the low 170's on the run, and 130-140's on both the swim and bike. I've talked to a few other people that say it's the same way with them. I just chalk it up to the running is more aerobic than either the bike or the swim...I dont have many answers for ya, but maybe just knowing that it's the same for others might help ya!
that is actually more relief than you may realize. I was starting to question my workout ethic and level of effort. I was starting to really doubt that I even have a clue what I can do on the bike and in the swim. There is a history of hypertension in my family so i was also a little concerned that maybe my heart is acting up... guess not right!
That makes me feel a little bit better.
your max HR for swimming and cycling is typically lower than running (something do w/ t hem not beint weight bearing exercise) but you should do afield test to figure out your max HR. your HR for a workout would depend on what sort of workout it is (easy long distance vs. hard interval vs. recovery)
goals for 2011:
break 19minutes for 5k
break 2:42 for olympic triathlon probably Anthracite olympic
break 3:16 for marathon ( a long shot but it's fun putting yourself out there)
You should do a time trial on both bike and run to figure out what your threshold is. Then you can use calculators to figure out what z1-z5 are for bike and run. My bike is about 10 beats off my run. Basically what it is, is after a warmup, you start going at a pace in which you think you can last for 30 minutes. After 10 minutes into the trial you hit the lap button on your HR as you want to get your average HR for that last 20 minutes. These are hard efforts, but not so hard you are dying before its over. I try to keep the exertion even throughout or finish off strong. It should be like you are racing.
That HR should be around your threshold HR. Check out this link http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/cms/article-detail.asp?articleid=633 .I think it explains everything.
Don't use the 220 minus age stuff, or the others.. determining by threshold is best. Of course you can spend some money get a v02max test, but you need to do it for bike and run.
Had a quick read of that article and that is absolutely what I need. I printed it so I can give it a thorough read this evening. Sounds like I am setting myself up for some hard work LOL. But I can see that it is probably invaluable as a tool for better training.
I had heard of a V)@max test but didnt really understand what that had to do with anything, but now I know. Yeah aint spending some cash until I am competitive enough to need to.
Thank you so much for the information.