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PULSE RATE 53???(10 posts)

PULSE RATE 53???bear
May 21, 2002 5:26 PM
I was in the farmacy waiting for some stuff for wify and I took a turn at the high pressure machine there. my pressure was 130 over 80 wich I expected but my pulse was only 53. I am only been biking for 2 years. Is this normal for a cyclist? I thought you had to pedal for many years to get a low pulse rate like this. I am 49 and 190lb.
re: PULSE RATE 53???sctri
May 21, 2002 6:10 PM
Fitness helps, but a lot is genetic.. I am a 46

your okayFender
May 21, 2002 7:40 PM
I've gotten it as low as 38 on several occasions... its nothing to worry about. when I first started out, after maybe a year i was around 48.
funny story, when i was working at a manufacturing plant I went in to the nurses office and she took my pressure and pulse. she totally flipped out and almost scheduled me an inmediate appointment with the cardiologist because she thought i was sick or something because I had a low pulse (53bpm). I had to explain to her the reason I had a low pulse (fitness).
dont worry bro... the more you ride, the lower it will get.
Good job!!! But their could be other reasons...PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
May 21, 2002 7:59 PM
It could be one your just a good athlete and have a low resting heartrate. But you said your 190 lbs so if you've lost a lot of weight fast it could be because your body doesn't have enough food for energy and ya... that slows your metabolism and hence your heart rate down. I did a huge number of base miles this fall and made the same mistake... result? A resting heart rate that the lowest I saw it was 36 but I'm almost positive it was probly lower than that to... if this is a problem for you please email @ and we can chat about nutrition. I learned that lesson big time this fall so I'd be completely willing to help you. Its better than you going to a nutrionist where you have to pay someone anyway... and at least if you do decide its worth it to pay me your keeping it within the cycling community.

Nick Corcoran
Canadian National Cycling Team Member
Phone: 403-875-3142
that's what biking does for youclimbo
May 22, 2002 5:36 AM
great health benefits. The nurse at my GP took my pulse by hand the other day, it was 48, she went out and came back a few minutes later with the machine version to check it, she thought she did it wrong but it was 48 on the machine too. Oh, how we laughed. It was amusing. The doctor thought it was great too, he was stoked on how much I ride and how good it is for me. Makes you feel good that you have much less risk of lots of health problems that affect people every day.
re: PULSE RATE 53???brider
May 22, 2002 6:45 AM
53 isn't too bad, but it isn't all that abnormal in cycling. When I was racing a lot (triathlons and cycling), if I was given a couple minutes to relax I could routinely get my pulse into the low 30s. One time I was testing for some medical studies, and the nurse that took my pulse remarked the it was the lowest she'd seen (I think she got 32).
This is good news for you.Sintesi
May 22, 2002 6:45 AM
But be aware, those machines at the pharmacy are rarely calibrated and are pretty inaccurate. I was beaming one day because I tested 42 bpm. Went home and rechecked, whattayaknow? 56 bpm.
Funny story about low pulse rate...rideslikeagirl
May 22, 2002 7:05 AM
Well, only because there were no lasting effects-

We have an 'old timer' biking friend - I think he's 80 now. A while back he was in the ER for some reason and they shot him up with some drug because his heart rate was, like, 36 bpm. Which was totally normal for him! But they assumed that because he was a geezer, that there was obviously something wrong.

Damn near sent him into a cardiac arrest.
Probably no problem--I used to run 40-42 at restretro
May 22, 2002 7:18 AM
You can't tell much from a single check anyway--it varies quite a bit over a day. But 53 is certainly in the range of a conditioned person.
Probably no problem--I used to run 40-42 at restbear
May 22, 2002 4:37 PM
cool to know is normal guys,,thanks for the feed back!!