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Low heart rate training

Magic SpannerMagic Spanner Posts: 11
edited August 2012 in Training, fitness and health
Hi all, 1st post.
been cycling for 2 years, now reasonably fit, have noticed that my resting heart rate is low 40s. I assume this means my heart is fairly efficient at pumping , so would this have any bearing on the best type of training to do? I am 47, ride the occasional club TT

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  • Hi all, 1st post.
    been cycling for 2 years, now reasonably fit, have noticed that my resting heart rate is low 40s. I assume this means my heart is fairly efficient at pumping , so would this have any bearing on the best type of training to do? I am 47, ride the occasional club TT
    Not overly, it just suggests that you are reasonably fit after a couple of years of riding. what training you could/should do is a function of many things.
  • bahzobbahzob Posts: 2,195
    Hi all, 1st post.
    been cycling for 2 years, now reasonably fit, have noticed that my resting heart rate is low 40s. I assume this means my heart is fairly efficient at pumping , so would this have any bearing on the best type of training to do? I am 47, ride the occasional club TT
    Not overly, it just suggests that you are reasonably fit after a couple of years of riding. what training you could/should do is a function of many things.

    Agree.

    One thing it could signal is that you will get more out of shorter duration higher intensity training sessions (typically under an hour excluding warm up/down). This would especially be the case if the TTs you ride are 10s. e.g.s would be
    3-5*4 min intervals at max effort you can just manage do all the reps. If time permits do 2 sets, second set may be a minute less.
    2-3*12-20 min intervals ditto effort (should = around or just above 10TT)
    2-3*12-30 min under/over intervals ( each interval succession of x mins just below 10TT pace, y mins above, start with x=2 y=1 and change ratio as get more experienced)
    Martin S. Newbury RC
  • ZingzangZingzang Posts: 196
    bahzob wrote:
    2-3*12-20 min intervals ditto effort (should = around or just above 10TT)

    Interesting. Ride up to three 20 minute intervals in one training session all at 10 mile TT effort - or above!
    A genuine and committed 10 mile TT effort is the absolute fastest you can do in competition on the day in question, very probably unrepeatable the same day, and not something you can casually rap out 3 times in a training session. To talk about doing three of these back to back, and not at race pace but above it, is pure fantasy.
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