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    • #19675
      Avatarmotrn.mini
      Participant

      I have a (dumb?) two part question about results from my HR field test that I completed yesterday…

      1. My ave HR over the 20 min test was higher than the last time I tested (170 today vs 166 the last time I tested) … does that indicate more fitness or less fitness? Was just curious what an increase or decrease would tell me about where I am.
      2. Is it crucial to allow your HR to decrease back to z1/z2 before starting the test? Yesterday, right before I started my HR monitor was not working correctly so I waited one more minute before hitting the lap button which meant my HR monitor had finally caught up and jumped up to upper Z3 when I started my test…so I don’t know if that skews my results (higher average?) or not? once I got my HR all the way up to 170 it stayed up there nearly the whole time anyway… I only fluctuated between 171 and 168/169, so maybe beginning HR doesn’t skew the results very much?

      thanks for the clarity

    • #19676
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      Hi motrn.mini,

      1. We can’t draw any conclusions about fitness level based on your HR. Many things including temperature will increase HR. It was likely colder last time you tested.

      2. Yes, it is crucial to test under as similar conditions as possible in order to compare results.

      Coach Lynda

    • #19677
      Avatarmotrn.mini
      Participant

      Ok, what is the benefit of re-testing every 6-8 weeks then, out of curiosity?

      will make sure to test correctly next time.

      thanks!

    • #19678
      AvatarLynda
      Keymaster

      The primary benefit is to make sure your training zones are correct.

      Coach Lynda

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