I will preface this post by saying I am not the world’s fittest person, and I am significantly overweight. Working to get better on both counts.
With most cardio exercises I do, I get my heart rate up to between 150-160 and can sustain it there. Swimming, cycling, rowing machine, hiking, Zumba…even when I used to run, 160 was about max.
But when I ride it routinely tops out at 180, and I have to stop often to take walk breaks, which drives my trainer nuts. She never tells me I should lose weight but does frequently (and correctly) remind me that fitness is the #1 thing holding me back from progressing further.
Any thoughts on why it’s only riding that makes my HR so high? And any thoughts on how to improve my riding stamina? This has been pretty consistent for more than a year, so it’s not that I’m suddenly working harder in my lessons or doing something different.
If it’s relevant, I’m a female in the 45-55 age range, weight about 200lbs, and my average resting HR is 52.