The last month, my recovery has been really terrible. Before that, I was in a good place. Resting heart rate was as expected and my HRV was consistently over 50, which I think is pretty good for me.
On April 2nd, I got my second dose of Moderna. Had a mild fever, but otherwise, felt fine. Around the same time, I started taking an 8 week regimen of Prilosec due to some stomach or esophageal inflammation.
Right after the vaccine, I went to the beach, spent 4 days doing easy rides on the beach. I felt pretty good on the bike, but my Resting Heart Rate and HRV were declining. HRV was in the 20’s pretty much the whole week. Resting heart rate was about 7-8 beats higher than normal.
The following week back, my workouts seemed harder. I attributed a bit of that to detraining, but was still riding pretty well. Completed Kaweah perfectly and tacked on another 1.5 hours at high Z2. All along my heart rate and hrv are still lower than normal.
Things have continued to be bad, actually getting a bit worse. I started correlating the worst nights with alcohol consumption. On one occasion it was excessive, but in some cases, just one beer early in the evening would send my resting heart rate up 7-8 beats. My behavior hasn’t changed, in fact, I’m trying now to be overly cautious and am reluctant to even drink a beer. Took a recovery week last week (unplanned) and things seemed to bounce back, but then nosedived again after a dinner with a friend.
I’ve read Prilosec is pretty well tolerated and no references to it messing with heart rate. If it’s the vaccine, I’m just surprised that it’s lasted a month at this point. I have a bit more work stress than usual due to a project launch, so that could be part of it and my 4 year old has been a bit of a train wreck since the beach, which has caused a lot of frustration in the house.
I feel mostly good riding. Had a great 70+ mile group ride at a fast pace Saturday after 4 days of easy Z2 spinning. But I am worried about these recovery metrics.
Does anyone have any similar experience with Prilosec?
Does anyone know of such lingering effects of Moderna?
Could stress be this impactful to resting heart rate and HRV?
Should I put less stock in these metrics than I am?