Posted by: syncro
Yup, talk test is legit, I use it almost everyday at work with new clients/patrons. But the talk test is for signaling the low end of the aerobic zone and is used for warm-ups or low level aerobic work, it corresponds to about 60-70% of max HR.
So I ride alone most of the time. But if I’m talking to myself and someone happens to see me….? After many years of participating in endurance type sports I know that going by feel is not good enough. Heart rate is a great tool though. If I can’t elevate my heart rate I’m probably tired. If my pulse doesn’t slow return a normal rate after a good effort, it may be time to go home or take a shorter route. But a rider needs to know or have good idea of what their individual max rate and anaerobic threshold is too. 220 minus your age might work, but it might be way off like it is for me.
I bought a Garmin Fenix 6 watch recently to help me gauge how rested I am or aren’t. I’ve had in last couple years days where I am completely exhausted. Might be long Covid but it might just be the ageing process. After I had Covid though I would get those days every week. It has been getting better but not completely gone. A young friend of mine had that symptom too after covid.