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New HR Monitor!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Yay, I got a Heart Rate Monitor for my birthday! Now the learning curve begins.

Day 6: 9.7 miles (15.52km)
July Total: 41.88 miles (67km)

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GAFFERCAT 7/23/2007 10:50AM

    I got a Polar F4. Here's the site:

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BEFIT015 7/23/2007 1:51AM

    I have been seriously considering getting a HRM,too. What do you have?

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GAFFERCAT 7/17/2007 4:31PM

    So far I've worn it while doing 30 minutes on the elliptical and while doing an aerobic DVD. I don't seem to have any trouble working hard enough to get my rate up. On the elliptical my comfort zone is around 75% of max but if I'm really working I can get to 88% (for my age) and then it starts beeping away because it wants you to be no more than 85% (although you can change your limits).

With the DVD it took a bit longer to get into 65% zone (with the warm up) but once I was into the "core" of the program I was staying right between 70-77% which should be just fine for calorie burning. This morning, 27.5 minutes of monitoring showed that I was in my target zone for 21 minutes - the rest was warm up and then the start of my cool down and then I ended the program while I was stretching.

I'm going to start listing the calories burned from the monitor instead of using Sparks numbers so that I'm getting a much more accurate number - no more guessing for me!

I was going to bike this morning but changed my mind so I'll still need to try it out while biking.

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MONICA_W 7/17/2007 2:03PM

    That's fantastic! What have you learned so far? Is your heart rate where you'd expect it to be on your bike rides?

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