|Timex Zone Trainer|
$20 finger contact one with pedometer included at Sam's Club in the vitamin/med/weight loss section. I didn't consider this an option, as if I just wanted a fingertip test while not running, I can use the wall mounted one at the track for free.
I expect to not use the HRM much after transitioning from run/walk to all running, but might use occasionally for pacing when trying to increase endurance.
I dowloaded a book sample on heart rate training and couldn't stand the author. He was making assumptions about me as an athelete that were not true, which led me to believe that buying the full book wouldn't benefit me much.
With no concrete training goals, I can adjust my HR target values based on preceved level of effort remembered after the workout. My goal is to increase duration and regularity of my workouts. If I need a day off after a workout, that's too hard.
Several formulas that give me MHR from 177-189 (turning 33 this month)
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