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Elevated heart rate hours after riding...?(6 posts)

Elevated heart rate hours after riding...?DT
Mar 30, 2001 2:09 PM
Hey, I've noticed that my heart rate is around 73 bpm when I go to bed the day I do a long or hard ride. My normal resting heart rate is around 40-45 bpm. I usually ride around 150-250 miles per week, so I know it's not a matter of fitness. Yesterday I rode 30 miles pretty hard at about 4pm, then when I went to bed around 10:30 my heart rate was 73 after lying down for a while. This seems to be the norm. Does anyone have any input on this? Thanks!
re: Elevated heart rate hours after riding...?Kerry Irons
Mar 30, 2001 2:56 PM
When you say your resting pulse is around 40-45, is that a "at rest during the day" number, a "lying in bed just before you fall asleep" number or is that a "lying in bed just before you get up in the morning" number? I find that my bed time pulse is 6-10 beats higher than my morning pulse, and that my daytime pulse at rest is 16-18 beats above my morning pulse. Your 73 at bed time sounds pretty high relative to the low 40s resting number - a strong indication that you went pretty hard and still hadn't recovered at bed time. Did your legs feel warm at that point too? Another indication of a hard ride. Anything else bugging you (taxes due, world hunger, noisy neighbors, etc.) that would also raise your pulse? How early is it in your season? I find my pulse stays elevated longer after a hard ride when I am less fit. The main thing to do is see if the situation persists. If it's a one time deal, then nothing to worry about. If it happens every time you ride hard, you might look at a better structure to your hard ride (more cool down and warm up?). Think of it as an extended calorie burn from your workout, and that should ease your mind a bit.
re: Elevated heart rate hours after riding...?Kreeger
Mar 30, 2001 6:07 PM
My wake-up rate is 37-42 on average. After a hard ride, my heart rate stays a little elevated, too... but I ensure that I rehydrate myself fully and that usually helps. The excess circulating catecolamines (adrenaline) from a hard ride are usually partially to blame for the elevated HR.
and the spinning of that single speed!mondo mike
Mar 31, 2001 6:14 PM
hammer time!
re: Elevated heart rate hours after riding...?DT
Mar 30, 2001 6:21 PM
My middle of the day resting average is aound 45 bpm. As far as how early into my season is it, well, this year I've already done about 1,500 miles, so it's not because I'm out of shape. As far as stress goes, I just found out last week my wife is pregnant with our first (!) but this was happening before that, too. The only thing I can think of is maybe I'm not rehydrating as well as I should be, especially sinc it's winter time and you don't think you need as much water as you really do. I'll try to focus on that the next few times and see how it goes. Thanks for your input!
Sounds OK to me ...Humma Hah
Mar 31, 2001 4:23 PM
Intervals will crank your HR up and keep it up for a pretty long time. Also, digestion elevates HR. So assuming you put in a good, hard ride with some intervals or long endurance, then indulged in a hearty appetite, I'd say a mildly elevated resting HR is a GOOD sign.