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Thread: Training Tips Using A Heart Rate Monitor

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    I did spin for a couple of years without a heart rate monitor and now I use it everytime I spin. It lets me record what I have done automatically, check how hard I am working and make sure I stay in the right working zone(s) I am aiming for for that session.
    I set my training zones up using Joe Friel’s methodology in the “Cyclist’s Training Bible” and he has written about it on his website here. I did the lactate threshold heart rate test (LTHR) on a spin bike, using the 30 minute ride, riding as hard as I can but at a sustainable effort, and calculating my average heart rate for the last 20 minutes of the ride. This gives me my LTHR (145 bmp), rather than my maximum heart rate, and I can calculate my training zones based on Joe’s percentages of my LTHR. Here are my zones:
    Recovery 94-117 bpm
    Aerobic 119-128 bpm
    Tempo 129-135 bpm
    Subthreshold 136-145 bpm
    Superthreshold 146 -148 bpm
    Aerobic capacity 149-152 bpm
    Anaerobic capacity 154 and greater bpm

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    I think there is a new fitbit coming out that comes with a heart rate strap? Or maybe it is out in the US already (I am based in Europe)

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    this was a good article!

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