Originally Posted by O2Bfree
Curious, what is your resting heart rate?
Iím 56 and my resting HR is very consistently in the 50-55 beats per minute range.
PRE-COVID and before my May 2020 retirement I raced a lot, but wasnít training enough and was carrying around many extra pounds. In a 1-2 hour race situation my working heart rate back then would run in the 180-190 BPM range. Max was in the low 200s, but that was ďaidedĒ unintentionally one cold Winter morning with an extra cup of coffee, a Red Bull, and a couple shots of Albuterol (asthma). Not fun!!!
NOW am 40 pounds lighter since retirement and dropping. At the bicycle races I lined up for last Fall my working heart rate is lower at 170-180 BPM. And Iím hitting the podium again, which hasnít happened in a very long time.
Focused training, weight loss, and the absence of crushing work stress has had a very dramatic positive impact on my health and fitness.