I'm a 42 year old cat. 3 male racer. This is my sixth year of racing and training. My question: every year my max heart rate increases. Five years ago I never saw over 170, now in a final sprint, or hard hill I hit 185+ max heart rate.
Everything I've read or heard suggests that as you get older your max heart rate will get lower.
Would you please comment on this?
Dave Palese replies:
I is possible that you are redefining your limits. What you may have defined as a max effort in the past may is not necessarily a max effort for you now.