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how fast does your heart beat?(15 posts)

how fast does your heart beat?dustin
Nov 21, 2001 11:06 PM
and what was it before you started cycling? (if you know, that is)...

before i started, i was consistently at 76-78, but now, 2yrs later, i'm down to 68...yesterday i recorded 64. that was kinda weird...is that kind of drop normal? (78-68 i mean) a while back, i passed out on 6th Street in austin. when the EMS guy hooked me up to the EKG he told me i was down to 44. i think that's the closest i'll ever be to being Lance, or any other pro cyclist as far as that goes.
re: how fast does your heart beat?I Love Shimano
Nov 21, 2001 11:25 PM
Last I checked it was down to 52, I plan on bringin it down to 28. By that time, you guys will be watching me on OLN.
re: how fast does your heart beat?Spox
Nov 22, 2001 12:31 AM
It was 75-80 before I started, now it's 38-42; it's very personal...I only get to 185-187.
Before you started what?John-d
Nov 22, 2001 3:23 AM
I have just walked up the office stairs two at a time, poured a cup of tea and logged on. Heart rate was 66.

Having drunk my tea it is now down to 61.

At the gymn this morning according to the exercise bike it peaked at 158. I am 62 years old.

The question in my mind is does it matter, some people are high beaters others are low. Whatever you are your stuck with it.

Now blood pressure, that's another subject.
Ahh...... the irony is someday we'll ALL be down to ZERO ;) -nmfiltersweep
Nov 22, 2001 7:01 AM
Nope, thats the titaniumy of it-nmJohn-d
Nov 22, 2001 7:29 AM
Resting HR has dropped ...Humma Hah
Nov 22, 2001 8:41 AM
Maximum is relatively unchanged, but I have to work harder to hit it. I maxed at 188 a few years ago running at an 18% grade on a treadmill with a cardiologist cracking a whip behind me. Since then I've hit the high 170's a few times on a stairclimber doing interval training.

However, my transition to anaerobic has moved from about 148 bpm to about 155. My resting HR has dropped from about 70 to as low as 55. My recoveries are also faster.
re: how fast does your heart beat?magliarosa
Nov 22, 2001 10:27 AM
mine can drop to 45. my max is 211. Before i started my rhr was probably around 53 or 54.
re: how fast does your heart beat?GregJ
Nov 22, 2001 10:47 AM
Well, I am 40. My resting rate is usually in the low 60's. This is a bit higher than some of my friends of similar age and fitness. I frequently hit mid 180's on long climbs and I can sustain that for a few minutes. I don't know my max HR but I would guess it to be around 200. What was it before I started? I don't know, I have been cycling for 20 years and doing sports since grade school, so I have never been out of shape for any length of time.
All this goes to show...Jon
Nov 22, 2001 11:09 AM
...that heart rates are highly variable and genetically determined. It is true that as we gain
fitness resting heart rates will fall to their genetically determined optimum. A more telling
and interesting fitness indicator, however, is rate of recovery. Following a significant exertion,
try keeping track of how quickly your heartrate drops back down to its stable exercising rate, and
how many beats per minute it will drop in one minute, 30 seconds, etc. This is a great
progressive indicator of fitness.
re: how fast does your heart beat?tr
Nov 22, 2001 11:40 AM
I agree with Jon, the best indicator of how good of shape you are in is recovery heart rate measurements. When you are in real good shape you will see significant drop in heart rate the first minute of recovery.
From 65 to 38bpm in a year. nm.javagenki
Nov 22, 2001 12:03 PM
full of it. nm.diggler
Nov 22, 2001 5:59 PM
nm
If you're passing out on rides you're pushing yourself too hard.Leisure
Nov 23, 2001 3:19 AM
The drop you're refering to (78->68) just means you're getting in shape. I've gone from 80 to the low 50's and I don't exactly train hard. If you're passing out and you're heart rate is low there's a good chance you're running on too little oxygen, too little blood sugar, low iron, any number of things. Back off of the intensity for a bit while you educate yourself. Ask a doctor or some other specialist. Perhaps you're simply a stronger rider now, going harder over longer distances, and have to adapt your eating habits and such to keep up with your increased energy consumption. Try to eat and hydrate more prior (within a few hours) to riding to make sure your body is adequately nourished. I think what you're worried about is if the lower heart rate is causing you to pass out. Don't worry; the super-low heartrate of 44 you mention was a symtom of passing out, not a cause. It's likely that you were running on such low oxygen and/or blood sugar that your system had to shut down to recover. When this happens your body turns down its activity and consumption, and lowering the heartrate helps accomplish this. At least, that's the speculation.
If you're passing out on rides you're pushing yourself too hard.S.Culkin
Nov 24, 2001 7:43 PM
I must take exception to your statement that Dustin's "heartrate of 44 . . . was a symtom (sic) of passing out, not a cause."

As one of those "EMS folks," we know heartrate as a vital SIGN, not a symptom. Actually, a common cause of syncope (passing out) is bradycardia (slow heart rate). When the heart rate falls significantly below normal, the cardiac output (blood ejected from the L ventricle) can drop enough to not properly supply the brain with oxygenated blood. Lack of oxygenated blood to the brain can cause syncope.

Of course, a "normal" heartrate is different for everyone; generally, the better cardiovascular shape a person is in, the lower the heartrate, but 44 still seems very low for a non-resting rate.

Just my two-cents worth as it is.