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I have had a heart rate mnitor for wuite some time and have a vague idea as to my max...but never tested it...<br><br>
I want to use heart rate to help with my next phase of training...<br><br>
I have seen quite a few articles that explain different methods of determining the maximum heart rate.<br><br>
Suggestions?<br><br>
How did you test yours?
 

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lots of good info on hup's thread:<br><br><a href="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17924&highlight=heart+rate+maximum" target="_blank">http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/sho...t+rate+maximum</a><br><br>
i'd go for your average hr during a 10k and then divide by .9
 

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I use my 10K / 0.9 like MC says and think it works fine (HRmax 195). But, I find that early in a training cycle I can get it up (HR that is :blush<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> but once I'm into big mileage it's hard to get it up there. Like today I was doing 1000m repeats at a bit slower than 5 K effort and the HRmax was only 171 (avg pace 7:06). In December, I ran a whole half marathon with the AHR 171 (178 max) (avg pace 7:36). Am I a wimp or something?<br>
This all makes me question HRmax, is it a moving target?
 

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not really a moving target, but what you describe is true. You will approach your max HR easier when less well trained. Max is still max.<br><br>
When in a cycle of high mileage and good aerobic capacity, it is fairly comfortable to stay in the HR zone of slightly anaerobic, because you've trained your LT to be a bit higher now. This is why your long repeats weren't that stressful Your paces are a bit faster at all distances and you are in a new level (not calling you any names, especially not <i>wimp</i>...but...)<br><br>
You'll see that if you did true anaerobic sharpening (ie 3K repeats), then you'd get that HR up there further for sure. Your training has been excellent and I'd not worry about the slight variation, just knock out a PR and reset your training paces based on vdot, not HR.
 

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I will just add that actual data is hard data, but it can be hard to get. I thought for two years that my max was 190. I got it on hard 6x long and steep hills. I saw it on the hrm for more than a few seconds, so it was real. But this past year, I was doing the same thing, and on the 5th of 6 hills I saw 199! Same on the 6th. So, ok, I guess my max is 200.<br><br>
Funny thing is my estimate for 10k is 180 and .9 divided gives 200. so maybe that one does work.
 

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I just got back to checking this post....so, now I am really confused....<br><br>
Can I even find my MAX....since I am in training mode all the time?<br><br>
Will it be too difficult to get it up there?<img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif"><br><br>
I use my VDOT to determine my training pace....<br><br>
SO, I guess..the real question is....which is the best way to train?
 

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You are doing such a great job, why change? Larry
 
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