DairyKing's Journal, 15 March 2012

Busy day at work today. Almost time to go home, and I've finally gotten around to journaling. Did a pretty aggressive 30 minute workout on the elliptical trainer this morning. Tried out my new heart rate monitor. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles the other one had, but I never used those after the newness wore off anyway. Worked up a good sweat, and maintained about 160 BPM (beats per minute) for 25 straight minutes. It kills me how the experts say that a good judge of your maximum heart rate - that heart rate that you can achieve for only moments, and your heart won't beat any faster - equals 220 minus your age. That would put mine at 158 BPM. Uh, something is amiss here. I did a test once and found my Maximum Heart Rate is 194 BPM. You can go nuts trying to get those generic formulas to work for "you". Why is that important? I'm glad you asked. It's because your fat-burning zone is somewhere around 65 to 75% of your max heartrate, and your performance training is somewhere around 80 to 95%. Don't hold me to these numbers; I think you get the point. If my Max HR was really 158 BPM, then 70% would equal 110 BPM. I'm not going to burn off any fat there; I can get that high brushing my teeth. :D And if that's where I need to stay for an easy jog, I would have to stop every couple of feet. I'm on a roll here. I read an article the other day where a 92 year old marathon runner runs for about two hours at 165 BPM. Do the math; it doesn't work. Best thing to do is get yourself a HR Monitor and see what you do, and then work backwards to do the math.
Ah, time to go home. Have a great evening, Everyone!

Diet Calendar Entries for 15 March 2012:
2679 kcal Fat: 118.52g | Prot: 90.26g | Carb: 326.64g.   Breakfast: Coffee (Brewed From Grounds), Instant Oatmeal - Plain, Honey, Non-Dairy Creamer, Light Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice. Lunch: chicken sausage gumbo, Diet Coke (Can). Dinner: Puerto Rican Style Stuffed Green Pepper (Pimiento Relleno). Snacks/Other: banana, lance wheat peanut butter cracker, apple fritter, coffee brewed, Non Dairy Creamer, Dry Roasted Mixed Nuts, del monte mandarin orange. more...
2842 kcal Activities & Exercise: Exercise machine (moderate) - 30 minutes, Resting - 18 hours and 30 minutes, Sleeping - 5 hours. more...
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:-)..... I must get around to getting my HRM out.... And do "the maths" :-) 
15 Mar 12 by member: Sk1nnyfuture
A speed/distance monitor is going to be my treat for myself with my bonus check the end of this month. i'm thinking getting the kind with heartrate montior feature as well would be a good idea! My "fat burn" zone doesn't feel like a workout out at all either. 
15 Mar 12 by member: JessWhatINeeded
That's funny stuff! Kat (kstub) had a funny blog about this same topic. I'll try to find it. I'm inthe market for a new HRM. What one would you recommend? 
15 Mar 12 by member: tglenna
Here's the link to Kat's blog: copy and paste and remove spaces. http:// stubbysticks.wordpress. com/2012/02/21/ whats-the-dealio-with-heart-rate-training/ ....... and this one: http:// stubbysticks.wordpress.com /2012/02/24/ heart-rate-variation-by-workout/ 
15 Mar 12 by member: tglenna
^^ The above links should end with ..heart-rate/ and ..workout/ respectively. Darned FS - don't know why it does that - even separated with spaces it doesn't work! GRRR!! 
15 Mar 12 by member: tglenna
I haven't used anything but a Polar heart monitor. They all seem to give the same consistent results. I liked the higher end model because it would wirelessly upload the data to my PC and graph the results. You could see how consistently you maintained your heart rate. If I didn't already have the GPS for mileage and pace, I would probably buy the full-featured Garmin Forerunner 405 which has GPS, virtual training partner, interval timer, and HR Monitor for runners ($159 at Amazon - the newer version is $295.00 for pretty much the same thing). It also hooks up to your PC and uploads data. Too many features to mention. Has everything. I only used that feature for a while though, but it helps when you're a newbie. As far as the HTML links, FS will truncate the URL unless you post it in a Group Topic, send it in a private message, or in your own Journal Entry. I've never been able to get around that either.  
15 Mar 12 by member: DairyKing

     
 

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