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Yes, always when I cycle (except for commuting).

I use the following strap from Wahoo: TICKR Heart Rate Monitor

BUT with cycling, a power meter is the way to go for training:
Power and heart rate tell you two different things. Power measures the amount of work you are doing or simply your output. Heart rate measures your body’s response to your effort or its input.

Power meters don’t lie. Heart rate can. Heart rate can be affected by numerous external factors, like fatigue, temperature, and hydration. Additionally, there is a lag time in heart rate response due to exertion change. For example, your heart rate will not rise until you’re about 15 to 30 seconds into your hill climb.

Despite the disadvantages of training with heart rate, heart rate training is still beneficial. Heart rate training allows you to track your fitness over time. It’s also useful to spot overtraining as one of the main telltale signs of overtraining is a higher than usual resting heart rate that lasts for several consecutive days.​
I use one personally on my racing bike. Definitely worth the investment if you can afford it.

But in general, if I do a Zwift indoor race my average HR is 180bpm whereby my max would be 196bpm on hard effort.
 

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When it comes to my body, I trust my own instinct and listen to my body much more than something I strap onto my wrist
You're a pro. There's a difference. I don't see F1 racers using a speedo all the time on the track either... :D
 

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I wouldn't mind some Vitality Active Rewards friends so that I can finally see the leaderboard, if anyone would be so kind:
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I used to work in a retail running store who employed people who would run 45km on their off day.

I got a Polar M400 but I found that I didn’t play the type of sports that it liked to track.

If you’re running in a straight line, great, but I was cutting back and forwards on a football field for 2 hours and the GPS couldn’t keep up. I also often forgot to put my heart rate strap on.

I will get a heat rate monitor when I emigrate to England as I’m 33 now and you need to start monitoring your health better after the age of 35.

Also, the “rules” of max heart rate for your age are a guide and not based on actual individuals capacity to endure exercise.

I’d estimate that I’m 20% better at running endurance than most people due to my biological differences in lung capacity, leg length and heart strength.
 

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I got a Polar M400 but I found that I didn’t play the type of sports that it liked to track.

If you’re running in a straight line, great, but I was cutting back and forwards on a football field for 2 hours and the GPS couldn’t keep up. I also often forgot to put my heart rate strap on.
I can recommend the Garmin Forerunner. I got the 235 on a great deal in the UK. Far better watch than the M400.
 

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I can recommend the Garmin Forerunner. I got the 235 on a great deal in the UK. Far better watch than the M400.
That reminds me, working retail, you get the best questions like ‘Does the Garmin sports watch also have maps to guide you home afterwards?’

He looked really surprised when I told him no.
 

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My all time best heart rate was 230, wonder what it will be these days.
Resting heart rate, for me its a lost case. Will go from 50 to 100 after a cup of strong coffee :ROFLMAO:
 

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