Posts Tagged ‘heart rate monitor’

My Training Levels

March 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Ideally, I would measure my heart rate in swimming, cycling and running – but I haven’t done this yet. Instead, I have calculated my HRmax from the formula 220 – age.

This equates to 220 – 35 (well, I’ll be 35 in May so probably closer to the mark!) which gives me 175 bpm.

Maximal heart rate % of HRmax Actual Figure
T1 65 114
T2 70 123
T3 75 131
T4 80 140
T5 85 149
T6 90 158
T7 95 166
T8 100 175
My heart rate zones as of April 2012
Tempo-level % of HRmax Type Description
T1 65 Very gentle Regeneration and long to very long sessions.
T2 70 Gentle Improves fat metabolism. Training between hard days.
T3 75 Relaxed Base, long sessions. Able to talk easily. Main zone for cardiovascular training.
T4 80 Quick For longer fartlek runs and tempo cycling.
T5 85 Fast Anaerobic threshold zone. Limit loads in first two months of preparation period.
T6 90 Hard Approaching race pace for 70.3 distance. Improving basic speed in training.
T7 95 Very hard Improvement in anaerobic zone, intervals only in short-term. Training for sprint and Olympic distance.
T8 100 Maximal Competition tempo for solo race – 3.1 mile run, 12.4 mile cycle or 550 yard run.
Guide to heart rate zones

I am able to set up training zone alarms on my Garmin Forerunner so that I am alerted each time my heart rate moves into a new zone, I am yet to do this but it will prove a useful tool to concentrate my effort.


Polar RS800CX Tip

July 9, 2010 Leave a comment

The past week and a bit I have noticed the display going blank when trying to start an exercise on my Polar.

I spoke with Polar tech support who wanted me to send the watch in so they could look at it. Before I could do this I had to contact the company I bought it from to get a duplicate receipt sent out.

It was lucky I did as the guy there, Tristan, asked what was wrong and knew straight away from my description that it was the battery failing.

Apparantly the battery life is 12 to 16 months if used regularly. The display blanks out as there is insufficient power for the watch to search for all the sensors plus work the display.

So, new battery ordered which should arrive Monday or Tuesday. Perhaps I could have found one cheaper (£6.50) but I am happy to pay as they are a great company – very helpful pre and post sales plus they send their goods out so quickly.

So, here’s to BHIP Ltd and their website!!

Oh and they are local, based in Snettisham! 🙂

Update 11th July 2010:

I arrived home this afternoon and found that the battery had been delivered yesterday – fantastic response from Tristan & Louise