I’m wondering if you have any insights into my sudden drop in max heart rate this year.
- Last year my training rides and races had me hitting 172 - 178 regularly. e.g. Poolesville Road Race at 178. (Age group 3rd place!)
- This year, I am stronger than ever and setting new PRs on long and short segments. e.g Powhatan Hill. (Many of them solo no less.)
I fully credit months of isolation with only my desk, a kicker, and TrainerRoad in “the year of endless base & build”. But I’m also noticing my max heart rate is regularly down about 10bpm all year. At 58 years old, I rely on my aerobic capacity to make up for my withering body. But the numbers don’t lie - I’m noticeably stronger.
Is there a correlation here?