Hi to all
I’m just venturing into moden Sufferlandria (having followed a couple of the old videos in years gone by) with the idea of following a training program and gaining fitness (I’m not a racer). I have a technical question which may also be of relevance to others who cycle whilst on mediction (the non-performance enhacing variety of course!).
Background: I’m 56 and now reasonably fit but had a small heart attack, whilst on the bike, 7 years ago (with single stent to the LAD for anyone interested). Amongst the standard longterm medication prescribed, I take a betablocker (Bisprolol). Although I did invest in a heart-rate monitor, I haven’t really used it; partly because I presumed the betablocker would mess up any calculation around target HR zones and partly because I’m not sure where I put the thing.
Having tried a few workouts, the lack of HR data hasn’t been much of an issue (I have a smart trainer with reasonable power accuracy). However, I notice for the Half Monty workout, the heart rate data is a fundamental component of the analysis.
My questions: will I get more useful/meaningful outputs if I include heart-rate data or would the fact the heart rate is influenced by medication simply confuse the analysis? If a monitor is recommended, would this apply to all workouts or just the heart-rate “sensitive” ones such as Half Monty.
Many thanks in advance for anyone taking the time to respond.