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HR Zones – Here’s An Interesting Conundrum…

So, after yesterday’s run, I hopped aboard the mighty steed to kick out a nice recovery ride.  I only went for 20 minutes because I was exceptionally sore today (running in the snow always does me painful).  At the end of my recovery ride I measured my heart rate, with every assumption that I stayed in zone 2 (I barely broke a sweat and was not breathing heavy)…  I was smack dab in the middle of zone 3 for the whole ride.

This could mean quite a few things – my heart rate was elevated from the ride yesterday, I was pushing too hard for the desired workout or that my perceived exertion level has increased (gotten better, I’m able to put forth a greater effort without taxing myself too greatly).  If I had to guess, and that’s all I’d be doing, it’s a mix if the first and last two.

The important thing, at least for right now, is that I did have a great spin – I had to force myself off the bike after 20 minutes.  When I started I felt creaky and old.  Ten minutes in and I felt like my normal self again.  More than anything, I am incredibly grateful for biking and the owner of the local bike shop that I frequent – without cycling, I couldn’t imagine being able to exercise like I do, and that’s all good.