Hoping to do better this year after learning how important heart rate training was, I recently had a Max VO2 test done in a lab and found my lactate threshold to be very low (HR 143) while my Max HR was 196.
I found all of my training was indeed too hard and I had ripped down precious lean body mass and raised bodyfat levels when comparing to my last evaluation.
To make a long story longer, I have found it impossible to run at a heart rate even close to 142. I start my runs with a mile walk to stabilize my hr at about 117-121 but as soon as I start jogging painfully slow my heart rate jumps to 152, 158, 162 and levels at 164 until about 3 1/2 miles to where it climbs to 172 and I am done running.
I am 39, 5 10, 188lbs and do want/need to drop down to 170
I guess my question is am I too ambitious for the shape I am currently in?
And is there any way to raise lactate threshold limits faster than at glacial speeds? Or s hould I just resort to biking where I can control my HR until I get in better shape?
I wish I could say Toss the HRM away and carry on but I have already seen how detrimental that course of action has been for me.
I don't think your being too ambitous, but I would suggest getting a book. A one would be Parker's HRM for the Compleat id**t. I'm sure maybe kattzoo or someone else knows of some others.
From my personal experience:
I strapped on my hrm for the first time and realized that I, too, have been going pretty hard on ALL my runs. Instead of doing any sort of speedwork/threshold training, I'm building my base properly for a few months first.
Any other Canadians (more specifically Ontarians) out there who know if our provincial health plan covers this test? I should check with my doctor - I'm not sure if I always trust those age/statistic based calculators used to figure out your LT.
(Although I would be really annoyed to find out that mine is actually lower than what I've already calculated!)