HRM advice for the long-term please
I am 50 and returned to cycling this year, after a 12 year lay-off.
I have a new bike and Santa delivered a Garmin Edge so am raring to go for 2013.
Have a qustion about Heart Rate and would apreciate any views or experience, taking account of my situation.
When I was doing TT 15 years ago, I trained and raced with 220 minus age as max.
Now, bearing in mind that I have to start laying down basic fitness again, my view is that as the miles get covered over the coming months, my max HR will change as fitness develops. In other words, my max HR now will be based on 12 years relative inactivity, but in 6 or 9 months time it will change as fitness builds.
My brother is staunch 220 minus age, and will not accept any other.
My view is that it may be worth working on max HR readings (warm up, long hill, top gear, you know the sort of thing) as it should change throughout the year, whereas 220 minus age remains a static figure.
Has anybody got a view?