Dear TR members,
As the title suggests I have been experiencing lately some considerably higher HR.
Let me give you the complete picture: I am 35y-old, 66kg with good fitness. As sports I only do cycling, last year covering 12k km. I cycle both outside and indoor on TR and Zwift
My latest FTP figure from 1 month ago was 250W.
3 weeks ago I was diagnosed with a mild bacterial pneumonia on my left lung. After 5 days of antybiotics and another 7 days of complete rest, I restarted slowly on TR doing mainly Pettit workout. During this mild intensity workout, my average heart rate is aprox +14 (141bpm) more than my previous best when perfectly healty (127bpm). Moreover max HR during the workout went as high as 157bpm at 180W, while my best max HR when healthy was 140bpm at 180W.
Now I know that 2 weeks off,combined with ilness would see the HR increase, but I have been doing the same workout (Pettit) 5 or 6 times already (during the last week since jumping back on the bike) and I see no improvement in HR. Can this be considered normal? I would have expected that after a week of mild training, my HR would go down by a few bpm. I do not cough, nor do I have chest pain and generally I feel fine. When asking my GP about when should I restart training (when revisiting him a week after being diagnosed), he told me I should simply listen to my body and jump on the bike whenever I feel ready body-wise. That is why a week ago I restarted training but taking it easy, by doing Pettit which is a 1h workout mainly targetting the endurance zone.
I would appreciate your feedback if you had similar experiences with ilness and how was your recovery.