Back on Wednesday

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Registered: 09-25-2003
Back on Wednesday
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Wed, 10-23-2013 - 7:45am

Yesterday was so busy - early morning yoga followed by a very busy workday!  Jean, your silks challenge looks awesome!  Karla, I am sore like you after doing physical therapy AND two challenging nag yoga classes on consecutive days.  Today is my rest day.  GR, why the EKG?  Check-up because of your family history?  SJ, the dance venues are few and far between.  EL, what fua outdoor activities do you have planned today?  It is literally FREEZING here today, with a warning of black ice on the roads.  :(. Tons of work today, along with poop pickup duty.  Yuck...at least it's frozen.  Maybe I will do some training with the pup just to get some weight walking in today.  What's going on with your all today...oops, I might be Linedancing tonight!  I forgot!

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 10-24-2013 - 7:37pm

Thanks ladies for the HR info. I always wear the chest strap so I have a pretty good sense of my HR# vs effort--but I've never had the VO2/max testing. I use the Darth Vader/perceived exertion method when I'm doing HIIT but on Wed I wanted to just do something sustained that would be effective but not leave me wiped out. I was feeling it in my legs by the end, more than anything. 

Jean, even lowering my heart will raise the HR. If I ride in the drops it goes a lot higher than if I'm on the hoods, which is about a 6-8 inch difference in height--but apparently that body angle makes a big difference.

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 10-24-2013 - 8:56am

Darn I was going to say that if you know your body and how it corresponds to a heart rate, then it can work (my memory!).  At the same time, you can also judge that by how you feel, once you know your body well.  And, heart rate can be affected by so many things, beta blockers, anti-histamines, caffeine, even using your arms or holding your breath too long.  Fear. I've always joked that if it's about heart rate, just have a horror movie marathon,






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Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 10-24-2013 - 8:52am

Jean, you have such a potty mouth.  Wink

I hadn't heard that about the Karvonen formula.  I use heart rate training more as a measure of how hard my workout is compared to how I feel.  Of course, you have to use a HRM regularly so you know what heart rate feels like what.  I've been able to tell via HR if I'm overtrained or if I'm getting sick.  I also use it to monitor my workouts - if I'm working at a lower than usual heart rate for a tough workout, that's a sign that it's okay to step it up a notch.  

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 10-24-2013 - 7:58am

Part 2. apparently, it didn't like l@ctate threshold

You can tell if you're anaerobic because you can only do that for so long (up to 3 minutes) and after you finish, you're breathing hard like Darth Vader.  Generally, if you're doing a long ride, you want to be able to talk but not sing a song. If you're working closer to your anaerobic zone for a shorter workout, you can say a sentence but not more comfortably.  After all that, if you do want a general range:






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 10-24-2013 - 7:57am

I'm reposting this in parts because I'm getting a profanity filter...???

Honestly, I don't believe in heart rate training unless you've had the VO2/ max test because the formulas out there are so general that they're meaningless.  I read an article recently from one of the bigger fitness organizations that recommended going away from the Karvonen formula because of that. To me, I always use the analogy of how many miles a gallon a car gets.  We could say 25 miles but what does that mean to one car?  






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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 10-24-2013 - 7:50am

I'll be thinking of your granddaughter and your family today.  Let us know how it goes.  It is reassuring to know the doctors/staff have been through it many times.  I guess it would freak me out if they said, "Hmmm, never done this one before!"






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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 10-24-2013 - 7:48am

I still feel like a fraud in the fitness world. I always feel like I'm pretending, in all my roles, from being a mom to when I was in the business world to fitness or being a ski instructor.  Rob Glick and Kimberly Spreen are presenters and they asked in a class if we had alternate personas when we teach. Most of us raised our hands. Then, they asked if we talk to the personas. No....






iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Wed, 10-23-2013 - 10:58pm

Elc, here ya go:  

http://www.racedaynutrition.com/HeartRate.aspx

Pay attention to whatever you get with the Karvonen Formula.  That will be the most accurate.  

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Wed, 10-23-2013 - 8:30pm

I rode at the velodrome today. I was lollygaggin' on the computer for much of the morning until I remembered that I had an early afternoon appt so I rushed out the door and cut my ride at 45 mins. To make the short workout count I did 20 min "aerobic" with HR at 135-145. According to a chart (calculated by age) that would be anerobic but I wasn't working that hard. Can anybody recommend a good chart or resource for determing appropriate HR?

Karla, good luck to your granddaughter. FSN, I hope your weather warms up soon. GR, I hear that being on Linked In can be an effective networking tool. Hope you can shake off the doldrums.

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Registered: 03-15-2004
Wed, 10-23-2013 - 7:18pm

Karla, just wanted to send hugs and happy thoughts your way.  Let us know how things go tomorrow.  

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