Member25 November 2009 at 9:53 pm
A bit of advice please. A lot of the time when i,m climbing,especially technical climbs,my heart rate is sky high,and last sunday was especially bad due to the muddy conditions.It was regularly above the 180 mark and at least once i noticed it at 190. My concern is,am i likely to cause any damage to myself getting into this kind of zone?Advice much appreciated.
Member26 November 2009 at 5:38 pm
In short. No!!!
As long as you aren’t experiencing pain as a result of your elevated heart rate then you should be ok.
The only problems associated with high heart rates from a training perspective is that of damage to the muscle (heart) caused by stopping training immediately in a high zone without an adequate warm down.
Member2 December 2009 at 10:20 am
Rockster, you say that 190 is sky high. It sounds as though it’s high but it all depends on what your max HR is. It may well be 192 in which case the 190 iis mighty impressive and you wouldn’t hold it there for very long. On the other hand it could be 220 or something mad like that, in which case you are just working hard.
And everything Gunner said +1
Member2 December 2009 at 9:04 pm
The reason i,ve been concerned Harry and Gunner is that i,m 40 and not exactly a racing snake. I consider myself fairly fit,but not mega fit,am a bit overweight too,so was,nt sure if i was doing damage,possibly to affect me in later years.However i knew this was the place to get the best advice and it is much appreciated.
Member9 December 2009 at 4:55 pm
Maximum heart rate can be calculated by the following equation, this is an idicative MHR
based on the equation: 217 – ( age × 0.85 )
40 year old would be 183 bpm
Member9 December 2009 at 5:07 pm
Does that mean i should be dead 😯
Member9 December 2009 at 5:26 pm
As with all HR formulae not much use for many, many people. According to that formula my max HR should be 171. It isn’t. It’s actually 178.
As I have said many times before the only way of knowing what your max HR is, is by finding out.
Member9 December 2009 at 6:42 pm
Does that mean i should be dead 😯
No………. 😆 😆
It just means that the heart rate provided by the formula isn’t particularly accurate, as it is at best a generalisation, and we are all specific human beings.
As Harry said, the only way to know your max heart rate is to find it, something that most people find far too much like hard work, and thus prefer to use a calculator to establish it.
Member9 December 2009 at 7:45 pm
Rockster, do you happen to know what your resting HR is?
Member9 December 2009 at 8:05 pm
Funnily enough Harry,i laid on the bed the other night just b4 a ride and it was hovering around the 59-60 mark.I know its best done first thing on a morning,but i was just curious.This may not be relevant,but about 4 yrs ago i was getting palpatations,and went to docs and theyplugged this device to probes on my chest and i had to wear it 24/7 and it recorded every beat.When i returned to the docs for results the doc said in my deep sleep it dropped to 33 bpm.Discovered the palps were down to too much caffeine 🙂
Member26 December 2009 at 11:53 am
The only reliable way of finding out your max heartrate is just to build up exercise slowly for 20-30 minutes and then go all out for about a minute. If you do this in a safe environment with somebody else present and asssuming that you don’t have any known health issues this will be OK. The last time I did that I got to about 218
I have not really done a lot of cycling or other intensive exercise for a few years and have just bought myself a new mountain bike. I will need to build up my fitness before tackling any long hard rides, but I am looking forward to it!