I am an endurance cyclist. I like the long, double century type gravel grinders like Dirty Kanza the best, but I will do paved road rides too. I have been training for these and other shorter events that are coming up this spring and summer. I’m following the recommendations presented by Coach Chad of Sweet Spot II base high volume, sustained Power Build High volume and Century specialty High volume plans. I like these as that make training very simple. Each day you know exactly what to do. Here is my problem. I recently (Christmas) got a heart rate monitor. I have been reading up on how to interpret my heart rate information.
Doing the TR training plans your effort is calibrated by your test results which set your FTP. If you are in better shape you will test higher and then all workouts will be calibrated by your FTP. Simple. But how does max heart rate figure into this equation? My issue is that when doing over-under workouts (V02Max) my heart rate goes way up. Over 220 bpm! Recovery is quick and I drop back down to 100 in no time at all.
It has been suggested by some that I should never ever allow my bmp to exceed 180 and then if it does for only a few seconds or so. If I then use my heart rate to set my effort I’m not coming anywhere near the effort as set by the test and FTP.
So, what drives the bus? Heart rate or FTP? And should I back down, way down seeing that my heart rate is so high? I don’t want to get hurt. Yes I’m very sore after one of these workouts, so is everyone. I figure that is the point and why TR does it this way.
I also notice that in your setup for TR they ask you for your weight but not your age. Why is that? Seems age would have a bearing on FTP, no?