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HR Zones – Here’s An Interesting Conundrum…

January 2013

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.


  1. Sandra says:

    It’s in the air. That’s my story, because today I couldn’t stay out of zone three on my itty-bitty 2 mile run.

  2. elisariva says:

    I had my zone test done again today. Will write about it, but I learned a lot. Not staying low can negatively impact the aerobic base. Also, it could be a sign (gasp!) that you need a rest day. Elevated heart rate is the first sign, even if you don’t feel tired.

    • bgddyjim says:

      Right… I did get that, and my heart rate was nominally elevated again this morning (53 instead of 48), but I was so tight that I flat out needed the ride – I had to get everything loosened back up. As for days off, I did take Friday AND Saturday off (how’s about them apples?). Thanks for looking out. 😉

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