Heart rate monitor

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brychan
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Heart rate monitor

Postby brychan » 28 May 2019, 8:05pm

I’ve been cycling constantly for the past 20 months and my avg heart rate as been 145 bpm and about 163 bpm max

Today I collected my bike after a service and went out for a ride riding about 3 mph more than normal which I suppose is because of new cables, cassette & chain, my avg heart was 183 max 223 bpm I felt really fine during and after the ride

This seems abnormal so I wondering does my Polar Beat heart monitor need a new battery

Forgot to mention I’m 61 and rode 22 miles in 82 mins

I have changed the battery and strapped it and my heart rate sat on my bed was on average 58 bpm for about 1 minute, I then jogged on the spot for minute and slowly went to 118 bpm, I then stopped laid on my bed and it back to normal within 30 seconds.

I personally think it could be the battery needed changing, I’m going out on Friday and let you know how I get on

I went out yesterday and as I suspected the Polar heart monitor I was using needed a new battery heart rate back to normal
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Re: Heart rate monitor

Postby ianrobo » 28 May 2019, 8:40pm

I would trust your HRM and if way above normal would get it checked, have you tested your RHR ?

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Re: Heart rate monitor

Postby rjb » 28 May 2019, 9:21pm

Ive mentioned this on the forum previously. A fellow club rider started a discussion in the cafe about irregular readings on 3 different brands of heart rate monitors he had tried. It was suggested he spoke to his GP. A few days later we found out he spoke to his gp who checked him over then organised an urgent referral which culminated in him having a pacemaker fitted a few days later. :shock:
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Re: Heart rate monitor

Postby ianrobo » 28 May 2019, 9:22pm

Yes exactly I would trust mine implicitly !

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Re: Heart rate monitor

Postby dim » 28 May 2019, 9:53pm

try again tomorow .... if it's still giving high readings, you could be getting sick?

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Re: Heart rate monitor

Postby axel_knutt » 28 May 2019, 10:20pm

My HRM started giving erratic readings up to 230 in 2009. By 2010 they had got to the stage where the HRM was unusable, so I stopped using it. In 2011 I bought a new HRM which was doing the same. It wasn't until 2012 that I was blue lighted into A&E and diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia.
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brychan
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Re: Heart rate monitor

Postby brychan » 28 May 2019, 10:30pm

I have 2 HRM the other being a GARMIN I’ll use both on Friday

I still got my HRM on after changing the battery and it’s still a steady 57-60

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Re: Heart rate monitor

Postby gbnz » 30 May 2019, 8:19am

brychan wrote:
Today I collected my bike after a service


Depends how long the bike and you, were off the road.

I've just had a ten day break from the gym et al and found my HRM readings were a an easy 15-20bpm above normal on my return

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Re: Heart rate monitor

Postby eileithyia » 30 May 2019, 9:47am

Sounds like the battery change was the sensible one to try first. A few weeks we were pootling and partner suddenly asked me to check his pulse, it was 140's and I could feel it was dropping as we stood there, his HR was showing 180's+ it seemed to be a bad connection between transmitter and the belt itself, as he moved transmitter around and it rectified itself and been fine since.
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Re: Heart rate monitor

Postby eileithyia » 30 May 2019, 9:48am

Sounds like the battery change was the sensible one to try first. A few weeks we were pootling and partner suddenly asked me to check his pulse, it was 140's and I could feel it was dropping as we stood there, his HR was showing 180's+ it seemed to be a bad connection between transmitter and the belt itself, as he moved transmitter around and it rectified itself and been fine since.
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Re: Heart rate monitor

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 30 May 2019, 11:22am

Hi,
I've used a heart rate monitor for several years.
I have seen 220+ as well, Normally means poor connection between the strap and the body.
Of course if you confirm it is high manually Then see your GP.
I normally allow a band of 20 bpm that's normal, between getting fitter on a good day and feeling crap / virus with no obvious symptoms.

Edited- talk percentages of your max not actual bpm, most of my riding in avg 80% of my max.
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Re: Heart rate monitor

Postby Paulatic » 30 May 2019, 1:25pm

The only time my HR goes above 120 is always a bad contact between the strap and my body. Usually happens going downhill when the cold hits it. As I don’t really sweat, rarely visible. like others it’s lack of moisture. I wet my finger stick it up my shirt give the contacts a rub and HR is normal again.
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Re: Heart rate monitor

Postby ianrobo » 30 May 2019, 2:41pm

Chest straps can be a problem which is why I switched to the Socshe as unaffected by sweat and my hairy chest !

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Re: Heart rate monitor

Postby Gearoidmuar » 31 May 2019, 11:06am

I run the contacts under the tap before putting it on. Not the contacts in mine are the rubber, not the actual hard plastic casing. With this it works straight away. If the strap is too loose, you'll get an erroneous reading.
I'm 69. My MHR is about 172, but I keep most of my cycling to 120 or less. I'll go as high as about 143 or so if I have to. Under pressure I can hold 150 or more for a long climb but it always affects my night's sleep afterwards, so I try not to.
The best initial training is long slow cycles with my pulse under 120 all the way if I can. This avoids excessive fatigue and you rapidly get faster at this pulse.