Our expert says:
No, 180 is OK, I've tested elite athletes in lab trials and they often reach 200 and stay there for a long time and there's no problem. Only when you experience chest pain, or in people who've had cardiac problems, is it important to control the heart rate and keep it down. Obviously, you don't want your heart rate to be 180 or higher when you're just sitting on the bike warming up, for example, but our hearts are quite happy to reach this heart rate when they need to.
So keep an eye on it, but don't worry unless you feel chest pain, or shortness of breath, or if it suddenly spikes up to 200 without reason. But if you're training at a decent intensity, feeling like you're working hard, but you're in control, then 180 is not a problem.
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