What is heart rate variability and can cyclists use it to avoid burn-out?

We dive into the emerging metric which might help athletes predict state of recovery and avoid overtraining

Indoor training on a Wattbike
(Image credit: Future)

Amateur endurance athletes who seek out the assistance of a coach can arguably be split into two distinct camps: those who need to be pushed to train, and those who need to be told when to stop.

Tracking heart rate variability (HRV) can be easily done on best smartwatches for cycling such as the Garmin Epix 2, and it could be particularly beneficial for the latter group, because it may be able to give a clear indication as to when recovery is needed.

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