Classes on How to Use Your Heart Rate Monitor for Cycling

The Spin/Second Sole Multisport team will be hosting two classes on using heart rate as a training tool for cycling.

IF YOU:

1) Have never used a heart rate monitor before…
2) Have a monitor, but could use more information on how to use it effectively
3) Are familiar with using your HR monitor but need an updated LTHR estimate…

… THIS CLASS IS FOR YOU! Read on for details!

The class is 90 minutes. We’ll start by taking a “field test” to approximate your “Lactate Threshold Heart Rate,” which is an important number for training with Heart Rate. After cooling down, we’ll head up to the Cafe where we can calculate our HR training zones, and talk about the physiology behind each zone.  The test is a couple of hard efforts, and we’ll extract some key numbers to use in calculating your LTHR.  This is a great thing to do in a group, since the efforts are very hard and it is motivating to suffer with others.

Classes are open to ANYONE, but room in each class is limited to FIFTEEN people.  Registration is required.

To register for a class, click here and fill out the form.  Cost is $7, or $5 for CTC members.  Bring your own bike and trainer.  You can use a spin bike, but the results won’t be as accurate as if you do it on your own machine.

WHAT: Class on How to Use Your Heart Rate Monitor for Cycling
WHERE: Five Seasons Sports Club, 21805 Clemens Rd., Westlake
WHEN: Two classes (they’re the same)–

  • Saturday, January 10th, 8:30am [STATUS: Open]
  • Tuesday, January 13th, 6:30pm [STATUS: Open]

COST: $7, or $5 with a CTC membership card.  Don’t forget your card!!  There can be no exceptions to this!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • The LTHR field test is physically rigourous! You should be in at least moderate physical shape before undertaking this test. If you’re in doubt, please ask your doctor before attending the class.  (If you’ve been attending the Thursday Night Trainer Series, you’re probably in at least moderate shape!)
  • The LTHR field test is physically rigourous!  Prepare for the test like you would for a race:
  1. Eat a good, healthy meal the night before
  2. No solid food for two hours before the test
  3. Stay hydrated before and during the test
  4. Take 10-16oz of  carbohydrate drink about 40 minutes before
  5. Show up mentally focused and ready to push yourself to the limit

If you are unprepared to give a maximum effort, your test results will not be accurate.  This is not the kind of thing you want to repeat because you were unprepared!

PLEASE POST QUESTIONS IN THE COMMENTS BELOW…  We’ll answer them ASAP for everyone to see.

REGISTER HERE

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8 Responses

  1. I suppose we actually need to own a heart rate monitor to do this?

  2. Brandon, yes, you do.

    Please know how to use it well enough to record an average heart rate.

  3. Should we bring our own bikes and trainers, or can we use the spin bikes?

  4. Cat,

    You *really should* use your own bike and trainer. If you have to, you can use a spinning bike, but the results won’t be as accurate. Please try to use your own bike.

  5. Also, know that you’ll only be on the bike for about 45 minutes. The test is short and sweet. 🙂

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  7. I’m interested but cannot make either date. Please advise if another date becomes available.

  8. If we do more classes, we will post the info here.

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