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I completed the Olympic distance at the USA triathlon national championships yesterday. My swim heart rate went to basically max and stayed there for the entire swim. This is the case for every race I've ever done from sprint to ironman. The problem with this is I feel drained after the swim and my heart rate really doesn't drop on the bike or run. Swimming in the pool this doesn't happen. I've uploaded a picture of the entire race from my polar flow account.


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It looks to me like your HR went to ~166 after the swim on the run to T1 which is to be expected. That's not near your max HR.

Your highest HR of the race is in the last 1/4 of the run which is also to be expected.

You could always ease up on the swim effort, but the pacing is up to you.

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Re: Heart rate advice/help [heeler50] [ In reply to ]
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Swim more
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Re: Heart rate advice/help [heeler50] [ In reply to ]
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Looks like your max was definitely on your run, not the swim. Looks like you paced it pretty well actually.

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Re: Heart rate advice/help [heeler50] [ In reply to ]
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what was happening on the bike ? Giant swings. Looks to me like you might have left some time out there on the bike course.

The run looks good except maybe could have hit the max just a little sooner, kind of looks like a sprint at the end.
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Re: Heart rate advice/help [heeler50] [ In reply to ]
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It could be many variables that the race presents versus pool training. Swimming faster in the race than laps in the pool, over heating from the wetsuit, the chemical reaction of the stress of racing and fighting for your space as you round the buoy or as mentioned, lack of swim fitness? We have a picture of a Nascar pit crew member ready to jump over the wall and he was at 80% max just standing still, that is chemical not a physical reaction. You can attempt a TT swim, maybe you have access to a 50m outdoor pool, see if you can wear your wetsuit, and bang out 1000 to 1500 meters, see your HR after the swim or maybe lock in a Sport Zone or adjust one to mimic your race swim zone and lock it in? It might be a combination off all of the above? One more thing.... Thank you for training with Polar :)

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