Hi all. I’ve been prowling the TR forum for some months now. Lots of great information here! I have many questions, but one came up during an outside ride today. I’m 52 years old, 5’8" (172 cm), and 162 lbs (73.5 kg) with an FTP of 228. I’ve been on TR for about a year and have now completed SSB MV 1 and 2 and am a week from finishing GB MV. Last year I did the Sustained Power Build, which has much less VO2 Max intervals than the General Build. The General Build has often kicked my butt with VO2 work, but I think I’m seeing dividends. Not only can I complete many of the intervals I haven’t been able to finish before, but I’m seeing gains in my outdoor performance.
On to my question: I went on a two-hour road ride today with a lot of climbing–2,121 ft. in 28 miles. I usually don’t pay much attention to heart rate, but decided to wear my strap to get a more accurate calorie count. To my surprise, Strava says that I hit 194 heart rate at one point during the ride. This is WAY above what I’ve seen before. I think my previous max was around 188. Even more interesting was the fact that my RPE was way down–it really felt like I was cruising most of the ride.
To what do I attribute this increase? Is it a likely Strava error? Am I getting fitter? Should I go straight to the ER?
Although I understand that HR is a pretty individual thing that really doesn’t mean a whole lot in relation to training, this was a surprising piece of data. Any thoughts are appreciated.