So I’m currently 187cm, 99 kgs, 30y/o. I have two goals, firstly, to lose weight (so that I can start running again) and once I’ve lost weight, to then start improving my performance.
I’m currently cycling to achieve this, as it’s easy on my body while I’m overweight. I’m riding a single speed to work and back most days (12km each way) and then on the weekend try to do a longer ride.
I’ve been told (by a friend who is extremely fit) I’m exercising at too high a heart rate, and that I won’t see any benefit from this. For example, I did an 80km ride in 3 hours with an average HR of 160. This does however feel reasonably comfortable for me. I typically hit a max of 195 occasionally, not every time I exercise though.
So my question is, for my current goal of weight loss, is this too much? I am losing weight slowly (.5kg a week roughly). It might also be worth mentioning that I was reasonably fit in the past but a few injuries and life in general has got in the way for the past 2 years or so.