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 🙂