Hey, Uphill Athlete.
I read TftUA in summer 2020 and decided to try heart rate training. I bought a Wahoo 2 heart rate strap and used it with my Coros Pace watch for about 4 months before the HRM died. I followed the manufacturers instructions to a T: rinsed it after each workout, washed it once a week, wetted the electrodes before each run. And then one day, it just stopped reading accurately. It would just report something like “85 bpm” for an entire run regardless of whether I was sitting on a bench or sprinting up hill.
– Washing the unit
– Re-pairing the HRM with my watch
– Tried both bluetooth and ANT+
– Replaced the battery
– Update the firmware
Nothing really did anything. So I requested a warranty replacement and in the meantime bought a Garmin HRM Dual. That worked for about 4 months again and it died: would report no heart rate or bogus heart rate for an entire workout. I requested a warranty replacement to Garmin and switched to my new Wahoo and today it died. I did an out-and-back run up a ~10-15% grade and the heart rate never went above 114 bpm. I tried taking it off and rewetting it and nothing changed.
Does anyone have any advice on what might be going wrong? Is this user error? Or is it normal to go through heart rate monitors like tic tacs? Are these bad models/brands and is there another brand I should try, such as Polar?
Heart rate training seems great and all, but I’m starting to get tired of fiddling with electronics when I want to be enjoying the mountains and the trails and I’m about ready to throw away all the technology and just run by feel.
Any advice would be great! Thanks.