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That happened to me too. My max HR (observed, on the bike) when I was 30 was 205. I quit riding and got out of shape. When I started again at age 41, anything over 170 felt bad and I couldn't maintain it for long. As I have gotten fitter I have been able to both reach a higher peak HR and maintain a higher threshold HR for a period of time. That seems to have leveled off a couple years ago (I'm 47 now). The gains I am seeing now are that I can go faster at lower HRs but I can still reach the high HR if I'm trying (i.e. in a race). The highest I have seen recently is 192.
 
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