Does anyone have any experience using these things? Over time I've become more and more interested in Maffetone shit and of course, one of the key elements is training within your maximum aerobic training heart rate (180 - Age with mods for illness and injury). You guys know all this shit.
I am interested in: have any of you used heart rate monitors for this type of training? Was it useful? What training effect did this approach give you? What device did you use? Do you have any recommendations? Criticisms?
I have a wrist monitor with a chest strap, real simple model, will dig it out and find model no. Only bought it 'cos shop was closing and it was stupidly cheap - it can be set to go 'bing' at a certain heart rates.
I'm not a gadget guy (my cycle 'computer' was a gift, and is only used to look at my current speed, nothing else).
My missus, who races triathlon, did a LOT of the maffetone stuff. To rebuild aerobic base etc.
It worked really well for that base... On flat (triathlon-esqe) terrain she can hold a good pace all day.
However, it cost her a lot of hill climbing strength. On any climb or terrain requiring uncomfortable effort, she actually became really slow, surprisingly slow, stupidly slow, like night and day. My take is that she possibly did TOO much Maffetone stuff for too long. Almost like it created a habit of avoiding climbing pain.
Maffetone peeps seem to preach not mixing the Maff cycle with other training intensities. That makes sense, in the early stages, but I would probably bring in some higher intensity stuff asap.
Sure, cycle Maffetone for a while, get a bit of a base. But have a sunset clause, then go and get strong.
To be honest I'm biased as my experience with Maffetone was basically, it's boring. Plus the question over the missus seeming to get weak from it made me think 'fuck this'. It's easier to just pick someone slower and go with them for a 'recovery ride'.
(For Sale: Heart rate watch and chest strap. Used less than half a dozen times. Goes bing at set heartrate. Perfect for Maffetone).