Last night before commencing with the trainer madness I strapped on the sports bra (aka HR monitor). While I used to wear it fairly religiously when cycling I've stopped bothering with it recently due to the fact that it has lost relevance now that I have the awesomeness that is the PowerTap. However last night I thought that it might be fun to see what kind numbers I'd get during the Zn5 workout.
Needless to say on the last few one minute bouts my legs were burning while I was pedaling as hard as I could. (Those last 20 seconds were especially brutal!) As a result I got the HR up to 175 by the end of the last few at which point I was just happy to still be alive. This got me wondering how in the world people see numbers in the 200s or 210s on the bike?? Hell, I dont even think I could hit 190 without someone holding a gun to my head. Regardless, if nothing else this little exercise verified that I am, in fact, still alive so that is one benefit of wearing the strap. After all, having a heartrate and therefore being alive is a good thing, right?