A client asked me to explain how heart rate training works again. I love explaining it again because this means my clients are starting to understand the concepts and how it affects their health and training.
Simply put - park your ego at the gym door.
Mark Allen has the best formula for most of the heart rate stuff. Contrary to the opinion that heart rate and power are two different numbers - they can be applied together. How? Well, some things you'll have to learn only as a client of mine. One of my clients (last fall, 2009) had an FTP of 221. Today - 340 at the same heart rate.
In consulting we tell our clients to go slow in the beginning in order to go faster later on.