Elevated heart rate after vacation
By terryh on Jul 27, 2005
I didn't ride my bike at all during my recent vacation, so I had 8 days of almost no exercise. Now I've been back in the swing of things for several days, and I have an elevated heart rate. It seems to be 8-10 beats higher than normal, all the time. So I wake up with a mid-high fifties instead of a low forties, and when I'm riding at a regular pace, I have 170 instead of 160, and reasonable hills take me up to 185 instead of 175. What is strange is that normally I'd be breathing really hard at 185, but now I'm just starting to notice my breating.
I've never noticed anything like this before after a short break, so I'm keeping an eye on things. I hope everything will return to normal within a week or so. I'm slightly tempted to sprint up a really steep hill and see if my maximum has gone up 10 beats too, but it might not be advisable for medical reasons.