16/06/2014 at 14:00
Update on my issue.....been out of 5hour 30min bike with a 45min run and this time eased off when on the bike, ensuring that I was in Z2 all the time (only spiking when on some of the tougher hills), then ran and again made sure I remained in Z2 and it worked a treat. Even when I ran up a hill, my HR went into Z3, but dropped again once the effort was over.
My confidence is back. Bring on Ironman UK! Thanks all.
13/06/2014 at 09:00
HarryD - Yes I did do both HR tests seperately. Can't remember if I did the test in the "Be Iron Fit" book or the Jo Friel one - it sounds similar.
As an update I've been out for a small brick session and eased off the bike, came to the run and my HR was lower than usual, but maintained normal pace - the stay in zone2 mantra helped! Got my long ride brick session today so will see how it works when I go long.
11/06/2014 at 13:39
I used the 10 min warm-up followed by 20min max effort to determine max hr. Not sure what that method is called.
Since training in HR zones I have become more efficient and understand that there will be drift in pace, what I couldn't understand was why my HR didn't behave the same way after a long bike. Hopefully it's just down to being too keen to run after the bike and to take it easier on the bike.
11/06/2014 at 09:04
Thanks msx98, my middle distance race was the weekend just gone and I'm hoping that I did fall foul to feeling great off the bike and going out too hard, in fact my first mile was in the 7 min mile range, after that HR spiked to Z3, then Z4 and never really recovered until the last few miles after a walk and a gel.
I will keep on with the long brick sessions and force more control running off the bike and see how I get on. Only 4 more big weekends to do this in so hopefully can work something out and get my confidence back in time, otherwise could be messy.
11/06/2014 at 08:31
Glad I'm not alone. So the solution is either long, low intensity rides to raise bike fitness, which will therefore leave me more for the run. Or, a bit of vO2 max training to allow my heart to cope better with the effort.
The long, low intensity training has worked well for my running (without a bike ride in front), but then I have also been including the vO2 max training, high cadence, sprints on bike and fartlek and hill sprints on run.....so I will try the long and low, see how I get on.
Thanks for the responses.
10/06/2014 at 10:36
I'm doing my first long distance triathlon this year and within my training plan I have a few long bike brick sessions and a middle distance race. I've chosen to follow the Don Fink training plan which uses the heart rate training method, which is great and has been working very well. The issue I have is that whilst I can keep my heart rate in Z2 during either my long bike or my long run, whenever I put a 60 minute run on the end of a 4 hour or more bike I cannot get my heart rate to stay in Z2 even when I slow my pace right down. I raced at the weekend and on the run my HR shot up to Z4-5 and was rarely seen down in Z3! Not sure if I will make a full marathon like that. Am I doing something wrong?
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