Recovery heart rate

For a long time, after cycling I’d have an elevated resting heart rate - normally around 57-60 compared to my recovered heart rate of 49/50. This would normally persist for a few days and once recovered would drop to 49/50.

In the last few weeks, however, my recovery heart rate is only increasing a smidgen - like to 51/52 despite having had a few pretty long / demanding rides.

Has anyone else experienced this?

That is similar to the normal fluctuation for me. It tends to go up 1 or 2bpm only after a big ride, its only if I’m coming down with something it might fluctuate further, say 5-7bpm . I wouldn’t worry about it.

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Likely you are getting more used to the riding / training you are doing and recovering quicker.