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Old 11-04-09, 01:35 PM   #1
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Good Resting Heart Rate for a Clyde?

I'm not much into monitoring heartrates, no monitor on the bike, no idea what it is while riding or climbing. My monitor is more the, "I'm tired, I better slow down" types...Well, the other night I was at the market with Gina. There is a pharmacy section and counter with a BP checking machine. Sit down, slip arm in cuff and push button, let thingy squeeze the arm, done!

I had measured high in the past so I had the doc check me and explained the machine. He said that they read high and not to worry cause I read normal there at the doc's office, what a relief. I've actually gone in 3 times after reading high on those inaccurate machines. I don't remember my resting HR if he told me, but every doc in the past has told me that I have a good strong heart, and a loving one too!

Back to the market, We're walking around and I decide to check again. Same thing, BP a little high but like the doc said a few weeks ago, they read high. But I look at my resting heartrate and it says "62". I'm not sure if that would read high also like the BP, but it was at "62".

Besides being dragged around the market and getting excited over the big savings on dishsoap and other products that Gina pointed out, I was prolly in a mellow mood so that shouldn't have affected the reading!

So what's good resting rate for us Big Guns?
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Old 11-04-09, 01:41 PM   #2
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Per my doctors visit last week, mine sits pretty solidly at 50 these days. And Im a 300# + clyde.

Machines are usually a little high, so if youre at 62 consistently, assume it means more like 54-56.
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Old 11-04-09, 02:16 PM   #3
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I'm a "proportionate Clyde" (6'-2", 210 lb.) and my resting heart rate is typically right around 60, maybe a little higher. Before getting my blood pressure under control, before losing some weight, and before cycling, my resting heart rate was 80-90 and I definitely didn't feel healthy.
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Old 11-04-09, 02:20 PM   #4
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Mine is 45-50

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Old 11-04-09, 03:34 PM   #6
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Pre-riding 3 months ago my doctor measured mine at 82. That's about where it always was. After three months of riding, last week, at the doctor's office, I was at 62. The doctor was thrill with my progress and that I've started riding. (He's the one that told me to start riding.) I suspect anything around 60 and below is pretty good for a Clyde. As always, everyone is different and should check with their doctor.

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Old 11-04-09, 05:37 PM   #7
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Mine is 45-50

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Good gosh that's low! 10 wheels - you too!

Women tend to have a higher heart rates... that said as a 58 year old fat gal mine's low at 62 - 65. The doctor placed me on blood pressure medication that raise my heartrate to 78. I just couldn't get over that sluggish feeling while riding. Am now on a new BP med (Bystolic), a very low dose, and it seems to be working and my heartrate has returned to normal (for me).
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Old 11-04-09, 05:55 PM   #8
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I had my HR monitor on before I went for a ride and it showed my heart rate at 43 and that was sitting in a chair. That is pretty normal for me, and it seems to be a problem when I go to the doctor's office. Even though it is in my charts that I have that RHR, the nurses usually have to double check their reading.

What is a good HR for a Clyde? It depends upon the person and their body. A few years ago my RHR would have been around 82.
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Old 11-04-09, 06:08 PM   #9
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Since August mine has dropped from 78 to 65. I am anxious to check it again in December. 6"0" 252. Back in my running days in the 80's it was 52. I would like to see it there again.
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Old 11-04-09, 06:27 PM   #10
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Mine is 54 right now as I type this. It usually ranges between 50 and 60 while I'm just sitting around.

Well, when Big Bang Theory comes on and I see Penny on the screen, it goes up some...
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Old 11-04-09, 06:35 PM   #11
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6'3" 220lbs and resting is around 72. Anything below 65 is very healthy range. When the Broncos are playing, resting is around 110.
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Old 11-04-09, 07:11 PM   #12
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Usually mid to upper 40's for me. It went up into the 50's to low 60's for awhile when the doc cut my BP meds, but is pretty much back down again now.

Prolly need to go see him again.. having that stand up to quickly/get dizzy/wobble around thing again.. hopeful that I might be done with BP meds!!!
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Old 11-04-09, 07:27 PM   #13
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Resting, high 40's - low 50's..
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Old 11-04-09, 10:01 PM   #14
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This will be a good one to save and look back on in a year. With all my heart meds taken off during my recent hospital visit, riding bareback as it were right now I am 119/64 and bounce between 82 and 95 for the HR (the higher being after a tiring day, it won't drop) - that's pre-surgery, 47 and 342lbs - we'll see in a year (ajnd, yes, I am also emailing this to myself)
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70s but doc never really checks it. nurses spend about 3 seconds checking BP which is always normal. come back in a few years...

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Any resting heart rate above 0 is good.

Mine varies a lot. When I'm relaxing in bed at night after a few bike recovery days, trying to get to sleep: low-40's. Sitting in the docs office after 32 oz of coffee, a couple of diet cokes, and having a stressful day: mid-70's.

Overall it has come down significantly from increased exercise and weight loss.

I was on prednisone for a while - nasty but necessary. It jacked my resting heartrate up to 90bpm. Glad it was just short-term.
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Old 11-05-09, 10:42 AM   #17
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I just checked mine.. sitting in my computer chair a few hours after waking up and no physical activities... it's 80.. Should i be concerned enough to see a doctor?

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I just checked mine.. sitting in my computer chair a few hours after waking up and no physical activities... it's 80.. Should i be concerned enough to see a doctor?

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Have you been to the doctor recently? What was your RHR then? Just because I have a low RHR now, doesn't mean I haven't worked on my aerobic fitness a lot and it is much better. Another test that a doctor told me about was getting my heart rate up to about 20 from my max heart rate using the 220 - age theory on a treadmill running and keep it there for a minimum of five minutes and then go from running at 7.5 mph down to a 3 mph walk. What is my HR after 60 seconds and 90 seconds. He told me that if I drop over 30 beats in that time frame I have a decent cardio system. This is not a science, and I am not a doctor. This is just me.

If you really want to know more, talk to your doctor and see what they want you to do and where you should be.
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I haven't been to a doctor in probably 5 years. I really should go for a checkup overall.
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46 bpm while I type this. Usually in the low 50s. BF relaxes me.
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just scheduled an appointment with my doctor after getting nervous about this heart rate subject.
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Old 11-05-09, 02:02 PM   #22
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just scheduled an appointment with my doctor after getting nervous about this heart rate subject.
I have a buddy that we ride with and he is in great shape and his RHR is normally 90ish. And I have ridden with girls who's resting HR is in the 100's. So i guess everyone can be different.
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A bit of info? Since I sadly know more than I wish on this subject...please remember, I am not a DR, and when in doubt - see one!

I have been under a *heart* doctor's care now for almost 5yrs. (rule of thumb with Heart DRs - the farther apart your APPTs are, the better you are doing - as they will never flat out tell you)

At first it was twice per week, and many meds, and with no real weight change my heart has gotten better!

I am one of the rare people that had a clogged artery (completely) and my body did it's own by-pass (I never knew this was happening - they think this happened 10-15yrs back)

Lower IS better (most of the time - too low sux to), 60 is better than 80, is better than 90 - at 90 most GPs will send you to a heart DR.

Lower at rest means two things - most people ONLY think of one - way to determine what kind of 'shape' you are in - better fitness means lower...

BUT!!! Many people forget the other! STRESS! YOu can be one of those 55BPM rain or shine types, and have 3-4 stressy days and wake up at 85-90.

As a retired truck driver, I had to keep a valid medical card. So I was given an exam every year. (Same Primary doc last 20+ yrs) I was always 80 at rest, and BP was always 110/70... Then one year I went in (I felt no different in any way) and my at rest was 128. I was sent home to rest - DR figured last week on the road was rough - next AM back at the DR - 128 again. He kept me there for 90 minutes, having me lay down in a quiet dark room and had it checked every 10 minutes, would not drop below 128. Lost my medical card right there!

Fast forward bout 8 weeks and many tests later including stress test, heart Cath, and sleep studies... Life threatening sleep Apna caused my heart to get larger as it had to work hard while I was sleeping because my blood OX kept dropping - causing this 'racing heart' condition - plus they found that I must have had an "event" on the road years back (scarring on the heart, and the self by-pass).

Being on a C-PAP first, now a BI-PAP, being on beta blockers (hate those), then Apha channal blockers (better) then finally on "Benicar" for the last few years...

They took me off ALL my heart meds and am still off of them,(Was in the hospital recently with renal issues, so they took me off most meds til the kidneys get better) and my numbers right now are: 136/82 and 100. But, I have been working for the last 3-4 hours and am hurting pretty good (pain WILL drive your numbers higher).

FYI - at age 40 on, DR say each person should be seen yearly at least - food for thought.

Last thoughts - Statistics show that more people have heart attacks while NOT under a DR's care, then while under the care of a DR - my odds just went up a LOT because I am seeing one - so my numbers are being managed.

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Someone mentioned this, but your rate of recovery from exercise is more useful for measuring CV health than just your RHR and max HR.
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Someone mentioned this, but your rate of recovery from exercise is more useful for measuring CV health than just your RHR and max HR.
Rate of recovery, which I talked about but didn't call it that also improved, in similar comparison to my RHR dropping. As an example only, my RHR was say 80 and my rate of recovery was 10. Then when my RHR was 60 my ROR was 20. Now, with an RHR of 45ish my ROR is about 35.
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