Heart Monitors: When they can help and when they can’t

When Heart Monitors can help:

  1. To hold you back during a long one-especially at the end
  2. To make sure that an easy day is really easy
  3. To ensure that “form accelerations” are “easy gliders”
  4. To help you improve racing form-without overtraining
  5. To keep you from having a long recovery after speed sessions
  6. To tell you when you have rested enough between repetitions in a speed session

When Heart Monitors don’t help:

  1. At the beginning of long ones (especially if you try to stay close to 70 percent max heart rate)
  2. When you don’t know your exact maximum heart rate