I has some odd goings on with my Heart Rate following my Ramp Test today, and i am interested if others have had a similar thing happen, and if so what did they learn about it - something to worry about or it is normal, even if not normal for me.
I am a 56yr old just coming off completing shortened versions (as per Plan Builder) of SSBHV 1 & 2. I felt good after a lower intensity rest week and ripped into the Ramp Test and it went OK.
My HR maxed out at the end at 174 which is high for me, but within normal range. HR quickly dropped down to 125 over the minute following failure (normal), but then shot back back up to the 170’s for the remaining 4 minutes of the Ramp Test recovery (not normal for just over 100 watts!), and maxed out at 178.
I had a 14 minute break afterwards, felt a little rough and looking a little ashen looking (a ramp test will do that), but decided to do Carter for some extra endurance. I started it and my HR was in the 150’s (should have been down to 80-90) and it instantly jumped to the 170’s again and stubbornly stayed there for the first four minutes until the first step up in power, when it decided to return to normal (early 130’s).
So that is potentially 22 minutes the HR stayed at an unexplained high level and went even higher with a little exertion.
I have had a couple of similar occurrences before and done nothing about it, and yes i understand i should go to my Doctor and ask the question of her rather than the collective wisdom of a forum, but if others have been down this path before and learnt something, then that seems a good starting point as it might be nothing to be concerned about… or it might be