Max heart rate lower than average

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saudek
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 Hey lads, 
I am 23 years old, and have been running for about 2 years. Ive completed 2 marathons and a couple of shorter races and would consider myself fit and with a healthy lifestyle.
Now I don't know if it matter but for the record, I am 6ft1 tall and weigh 79 kg.
I've recently bought myself the forerunner 610 as a post marathon treat, and what a treat! this thing is amazing. So anyway, I've been playing with it and its features and I just found out that my maximum heart rate is 189. I ran as fast as I could on a track for a mile, did intervals etc but could not get it any higher than 189bpm. In theory my MHR should be 197. Does that mean that I'm unfit? I'm just trying to understand here :)
Thank you :)
Kev

AmphKingWest
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HI Saudek, the 220 minus you age is a rough gauge of average max heart rates. The important question is what is your resting heart rate?
To get an accurate max heart rate and lactate threshold measurement you should get in touch with one of the companies that do this research. This is the best way to get the true readings.

saudek
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 my resting HR is 52
Do you know if there is such a company around Limerick?
Otherwise I was told they do these tests in trinity college in Dublin.

AmphKingWest
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I got mine done, years ago in Trinity, and the results were well worthwhile.
There is a company being promoted through Triathlon Ireland that are doing the VO2 testing. I don't know if they are doing the blood lactate tests.
Another option would be to see if there is a Sports Science dept in UCL that needs guinea pigs :)

saudek
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 Thank you very much :)

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