I take what you wrote to mean that for your second example, the first 30 minutes your heart rate averaged 112 beats per minute and for the second 30 minutes it average 110 beats per minute. Right? A few things come to mind:
– That’s very steady, which is great. If the hour felt good, and like you could have gone longer, then that would be a great indicator that this was nicely aerobic (i.e., below your aerobic threshold heart rate).
– Optical heart rate monitors are getting better, but the Suunto strap will be much better to rely on for heart rate info.
– You could try another test, increasing your speed a bit to try and get a better handle on the intensity where you start to see some (3-5%) cardiac drift. That’s would probably be a better estimate of your current aerobic threshold.
– It’s useful to get a measure that is sport-specific. If your sport is mainly steep hikes, this seems great.