Heart Rate data and Stryd
Updated over a week ago

The Stryd app and Stryd PowerCenter will display Heart Rate data if the data is recorded by the watch. The Stryd sensor does not collect Heart Rate data.

You can pair the Stryd sensor and a Heart Rate monitor to most Stryd Compatible watches. Again, the heart rate data will be collected by the watch and then uploaded to the Stryd app after a run.

Please note that if you sync the data collected by your Stryd directly to the Stryd app (offline sync), there will not be heart rate data. This is because the Stryd sensor does not collect heart rate data.

Running Power is Better For Training Than Heart Rate or Pace

Running power has become a term with many definitions. The underlying goal of running power is to create metrics that runners can train with that are more informative and comprehensive than traditional training metrics like pace and heart rate, but the way that metric is calculated has multiple variations. Stryd is best-in-class for running power, but to understand why first requires a basic understanding of what makes a great training metric.

What Makes A Great Training Metric?

  1. Runners train dynamically. Not every run is done at the same intensity, and not every run is at the intensity of the target race or event. It's well understood that training at a variety of intensities is essential for best performance and proper health as a runner, regardless of the event being trained for. Why? Different training intensities necessitate different physiological responses from one another in runners, and these physiological responses are the basis of athletic improvement. In other words, a great training metric is a proxy for running intensity.

  2. Runners train consistently. It's well-founded that athletic performance is improved by consistently stressing the body to prompt specific adaptions that make a runner more fit for the demands they are training for. It's typical for runners to train anywhere from three to 14 times per week. Training sessions are, as just discussed, built around specific intensity goals. This means that a great training metric is not only a proxy for intensity, but is a consistent proxy for intensity day after day.

Running Power IS a Great Training Metric

As explained in the section above, a great training metric is a consistent proxy for the intensity of training day after day, despite potentially varying conditions and terrain. Running power is superior to pace and heart rate training in this regard because of weaknesses in pace and heart rate metrics.

The Problem with Heart Rate: The human heart is influenced by countless physiological factors and heart rate varies from day to day in an individual. This is normal, but means that heart rate is a poor proxy for intensity day after day. A low-intensity run may have a runner at a heart rate of 140 beats per minute one day and 150 BPM the next day, making it difficult to measure the intensity of training over days and weeks.

The Problem with Pace: Pace is how fast a runner is moving, but when terrain and environmental conditions change, pace doesn't consistently represent training intensity. Running up a steep hill or into a strong headwind at the same pace is much more intense than the same pace in still conditions or on a descent. This makes it hard to prescribe intensity through pace in varying conditions. Power does not suffer from the same limitations.

The Solution is Running Power: Running power is consistently related to the work of training day after day. It will not shift from one day to the next like heart rate. It is a metric that accounts for the changes in intensity due to winds and hills whereas pace will not. For these reasons, running power is a true advancement in training for runners.

Using a Bluetooth heart rate monitor with the iPhone or Android Stryd mobile app

Currently, the Stryd apps for iPhone and Android do not connect with a Bluetooth Heart Rate monitor.

Our developers are working on integrating Heart Rate into the app but the timeline is unknown. If you would like to be able to view your heart rate data and Stryd Power we do have a recommendation for iPhone users: "iSmoothRun"

iSmoothRun can use Stryd as well as a Bluetooth heart rate monitor. This data can also be exported to PowerCenter for better analysis and let you continue to build your Stryd profile.

Why does my HR go up on an incline even when keep my power the same?

When running steep inclines, your efficiency will be different than when running on flat terrain. That means that you may not be able to sustain the same power running on steep inclines for extended duration or you will see your HR change while keeping power the same.

Runners that are strong uphill might see their HR drop while maintaining the same power and can run at a higher power going uphill. Runners focused on flat terrain will see their HR increase and will not be able to sustain the same power uphill that they could on flat terrain.

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