My HR monitor (garmin) has developed a habit of "losing" my hr for periods of time while I'm running. It will be tracking just fine, and then suddenly shows 60-80 BPM instead of the 150 or so I usually run at. After a while it seems to make the connection again and tracks correctly for a while. It seems to happen particularly (but not exclusively) during longer runs - generally after 8-10 miles.
I'm wondering if the monitor itself is too big and its losing connection with my skin - I'm small but not tiny around the ribs (abt 29"). I keep it tucked under my compression bra to try and maintain contact, but it doesn't seem to help.
Does anyone else have this problem? Are there different sized monitors available? (I checked on the garmin website and it wasn't clear to me).
I'd like to think I'm fit enough to maintain 60 bpm after 10 miles, but lets face it, that's just not the case!!
You might want to try changing the battery in the chest strap. I have a Garmin and although I've never had the problem you described I have had trouble getting mine to connect which ended up being the battery. Good luck! Wouldn't it be great to maintain a heart rate of 60bpm while running....... ULTRA"s here we come!! or maybe coma's !!
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Dead battery was my first thought too - replaced it and it hasn't helped.
I did some more checking on the garmin website today, and they suggested
I have a nike HM and the same thing happens, it works better if I scrub it down with soap and water after each run but it's real unreliable again now. The first year it worked fine, I've replaced the battery several times. Pretty annoying.
Ooooh good idea, I'l give that a try. I've been wiping it off but not really paying attention to cleaning it (which is kind of gross considering how much sweat its been in contact with over the last 18 months or so).
I wondered about that, but I run with my arms fairly consistently bent at 90 degrees and not moving around that much, and the player sits in a pocket above my butt (in the middle of my back). If the soap thing doesn't work I'll try without my tunes.
I scrubbed it last night, and today it worked like a charm!
On the downside I discovered I'm not superwoman and my heart rate really doesn't maintain at 60 bpm for miles 10-15.
can I ask you if your garmin has a textile strap or the ordinary plastic(?) one?
I had the ordinary version before and it was happy with me cleaning it using just plain water
now I have a polar with a textile strap and I'm sure water is not working on this one. I already had to put it in the washing machine once
The sensor thingy is bendy plastic, the strap that holds it in place is elastic. The instructions say not to fully immerse the plastic part (don't want to get the battery wet I guess).
The strap, and my running clothes, get thrown in the shower with me and I do the washerwoman stomp to de-skank them before throwing in the wash (I don't put the strap in the machine, just the clothes!!)