Ask The Coach QnA: slowing down due to loss of fitness; good max heart rate

Coach Atul Godbole answers your training related questions…

Q. Niranjan asks “Due to increase in temperatures and also a large break, the pace which earlier felt easy now feels difficult. Is it OK to slow down?”

A. Yes, certainly. You definitely need to adjust your paces to reflect the new conditions. The worst thing to do is try to fight it and hold on to earlier paces. That’s a surefire way to a burnout and/or injury and/or loss of motivation. Instead slow down, and keep the effort easy. Within 2-4 weeks, you will start getting back into earlier rhythm, as you regain fitness, and the rainy season brings cooler weather.

Q. Jaydeep asks “My max Heart Rate is 200. Is that good or bad? Too high or too low?”

A. There is no such thing as a good or bad maximum heart rate. Its just like an attribute of a person, something like height, which you cannot change and have no control over.

The maximum heart rate varies from person to person, from as low as 170 or less to as high as 220 or more. It also changes with age. Your max HR decreases as you get older.

If training by HR, make sure you use your current max HR to set the HR zones.



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