Today was my first run with my new HRM. I've playing with it for the past few days and am very impressed. When I just sitting around, not doing anything, my resting heart rate is usually below 50 beats per minute. The lowest I've seen is 44 bpm.
I need to establish what my peak heart rate is, so that I can zero in on my ideal zones. There are many easy ways to figure that out (210 - age gives me 179, 214 - 0.8age gives me 189.2). But I'm a sucker for punishment, so I'm going to do it the old fashion way; work it up until I can't get it any higher. I'm in good shape now, so I'm fairly confident that my max is higher than the equations show. Once I know what it is, I'll be able to focus on heart rate training more seriously.
Here are a few numbers that my watch recorded today (my run was 6.5km in 31:34):
Calories burnt (based on the weight that I input): 552
Avg HR: 163
Max HR: 176
Min HR: 133