Heart rate zones in swimming

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    With the new technology (for example goggles with heart rate monitoring in real time) coming into swimming I was thinking how different are the heart rate zones in swimming compared to cycling or running? Is there available a heart rate calculator to set up 80/20 zones in swimming? Thank you.

    David Warden

    LM, great question. I regret I don’t have an answer yet. This will certainly be addressed by the time we release 80/20 Triathlon: 2nd Edition, and possibly sooner. Frankly, we’ve not investigated this appropriately to release swim HR zones at this time. I’m confident that they would be different, and likely not compatible with the existing bike and run HR zone calculator.

    However, as part of that fact-finding process, I’d be curious to see athletes send me their swim workouts that have Pace + HR. I can then start a database and begin to correlate the samples and refine the swim HR zones.


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