I recently taked to a cardiologist who was a bit alarmed by my high HR during exercise. Basically they told me even though I can sustain it, I won’t get away with it for long because it is putting a strain on my heart. Until a couple of weeks ago my HR max was at 204 bpm. I hit a new max of 209 (quite frankly, I wasnt proud of it). I initially chalked it off to the heat and being detrained, but recently started thinking about it quite a bit more.
A little about me:
- 39 yo, 130 lbs, 5’10’’, good overall health.
- Min HR around 43,
- Max HR > 204
- 60 min avg HR is 185 and 90min avg is 180
- Current FTP 200. 1 year ago was around 250
- Caffeine intake : 3 cups a day (8 oz each)
If you go through my TR workouts, you will notice I can work on a high for a dencent amount of time.
Equipment I use for HR tracking: Garmin premium HR monitor. I was thinking my monitor might just be off, changed batteries a couple of time but after the EKG confirming my low HR (and the value approx from my strap), I had to reconsider.
Fast forward to my question:
I was asked to reduce the intensity and keep an eye on my HR, although they found nothing wrong with my heart. Their explanation was quite simple: some calculation based on how much the heart is pumping in terms of blood have them scratching their head about how rare they see these numbers. I have been rethinking my testing and decided I would stop the Ramp Test as soon as my HR reaches a particular value (right now, 185). This would allow all my training sessions to ensure my HR stays in a zone I would feel better about (and my doctor).
Curious what the community thinks and hearing some of your experience. My friends feel I am going to hurt myself and should stop training (I did for several months, just to take some time to think - notice on my profile). I am following my medical practioner advice but just wanted to hear from the community as well.
Thanks, sorry for the long post.
My TR workouts are here