I didn’t get very far with any of the heart rate training approaches to running, and now that I’m trading in my Garmin 225 with wrist-based heart rate monitoring (let me know if you’re interested — I’ll make a deal!) for the Garmin Vivoactive with no heart rate monitor, I guess I’m all but giving up on heart rate training. Still, I’m interested in seeing how hard my heart is working during different activities, and especially my cycling heart rate versus running heart rate.
Here’s my heart rate during a typical indoor cycling class:
Here’s what my heart rate looks like on a typical bike ride:
For even more contrast, let’s look at my heart rate on a relatively flat long run:
And my my heart rate on a somewhat hilly long run:
Look how hard I was working during the Lawyers Have Heart 10K:
Even though my average heart rates are similar, that hilly long run felt much easier than the race.
All this heart rate data is much more interesting when I draw these comparisons than it would be on its own.
Training data is just one example of where we can gain insights by looking at thinks in juxtaposition–which is today’s Wednesday Word.
Do you try to gain insights by comparing your training data?