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October 18, 2008

Hard Rate

Filed under: Training — levyang @ 12:19 am

This should dispel the myth that the Chinese are inherently good in math.  Ever since I started out working with a Heart Rate Monitor (HRM), I pegged my maximum heart rate at 193.  For those of you who use the standard formula in determining the appropriate heart rate for one’s age (220 – age = maximum heart rate), the setting of 193 means that I am 27 years of age.  Well, that was 10 summers ago.  I am now a 37 year old daddy 🙂

I found out about it while I was glossing through statistics of NBA players.  Going through the myriad of numbers got me thinking about heart rates and the number 220.  Subtract two and two together and voila – I should be training using the mid-180’s as my base!  This must be the reason why I never hit 90% capacity that Philip was talking about.  Also, might be the reason why I’m getting a bit tired lately.  

Oh well, good thing I found out about this before off-season training.  Will still use the old settings for tomorrow’s race though.   Look at is as hard rate’s final hurrah 🙂




  1. Hey Levy! What HRM are you using… people are telling me I should train with an HRM also.

    Comment by Passion Runner — October 18, 2008 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

  2. Good one! It’s alright tho, since you’re still faster than alot of 20 year olds out there 😛

    Comment by Javy — October 20, 2008 @ 9:35 am | Reply

  3. Levy, I’ve got the math down (let’s see 220-56=164). However, I don’t get the Phillies and the Rays in the World Series. That wasn’t my picks. I’ll see you soon! At least the Sharks are off to a great start.

    Comment by sfrunner — October 21, 2008 @ 3:26 am | Reply

  4. Eric,
    Thanks for the visit. I use Timex. Polar and Garmins are rather expensive for me. But a lot of runners swear by Garmin 🙂

    Yeah, and also a lot slower than a lot of 40 and 50 year olds out there 🙂

    You got it right Wayne. I’m rooting for the Rays this time. Worst to First is always a great story 🙂

    Comment by levyang — October 21, 2008 @ 6:56 am | Reply

  5. Don’t worry Ate Virgie, papasa ka pa namang 27 years old sa looks. Yihee!

    Comment by marga — October 21, 2008 @ 8:45 am | Reply

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