Thanks to the recent blizzard, my employer put me up for two nights in a nearby hotel, along with most of the rest of the slaves, err, staff. Unlike most people, who spent their nights with Captain Morgan, I wanted to keep exercising. So I ventured to the 'fitness room' in the basement. I rode for a bit more than 4 miles on a 20 year old 'stationary' bike that rocked as I rode it. Then a half-mile on an elliptical in the "hill" setting. Finally, rather than take the elevator to my room, I decided to run - okay, fast walk - the 14 flights of steps. By the time I reached my room, I felt like my heart was literally beating out of my chest. In fact I could feel it beat by putting my hand on my chest. I laid down for a few minutes to recover.
Am I that out of shape?
Was I risking a catastrophe by doing this? I don't normally push myself hard when riding or exercising, but I seem to be doing just that in 2010. I don't normally feel my heart pump when I put my hand on my chest.