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Subject: RE: 50+ Masters Training and Racing Open Forum
Kiryea, I think that all one really has to do is run hard until you are running in oxygen debt for a few minutes, then stop and immediately measure your heart rate by whatever means. Obviously, the easiest is to use a heart rate monitor, but you can also use the pulse-clock method, usually counting the number of pulses in 6s or 10s and then multiplying by 10 or 6, respectively to get your bpm. If you record it a few times over the course of several workouts, the average should be within a one or so bpm of your true max heart rate.
The important thing is to know that you really are maxed out. I usually find if I warm-up for a mile, then do an initial hard 800m, rest and repeat, I'll be pretty close to maxed out on the second and subsequent repeats and will get a good reading (for some reason, my body doesn't max out on the first hard effort; I think that's normal.) Another alternative is to run hard up a steep hill that takes a few minutes to climb. After a few repeats, take your pulse at the top when you're thoroughly exhasuted. A third way is to use a treadmill (easiest, but also my least favorite because of my aversion to TM's) and gradually increase the pace and/or incline until you are at a pace you can't sustain for too long (we used this method in Exercise Phys. class back in the day; we also measured VO2max that way.)
These are all methods I was taught from back in the '70's. Any modern twists?
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