Well.... Genetics is catching up with me I think. I am 37, 6'2", 197-203 pounds. On a lark I checked my BP last week and it was up. 145/90 to 150/90. I dropped by the doc and we discussed it and we decided to cut back on coffee / caffiene, salt, and monitor it for a few weeks. I asked about continuing to ride and he said absolutly... However I do not think he know exactly what I mean when I say "ride a bike". For instance, I rode a 20 mile club ride last night averaging 17.7mph and had no trouble doing it. In fact, it was probrably the best feeling ride I have had this young season.
When I say genetics, both of my parents have difficulty controlling their blood pressure and are more "fit" than the average memebr of our population. Aslo on the coffee, I was drinking 3-24ounce cups per day.... way to much.
While I do not think of myself as stressed, I am a school teacher in an alternative school so it can become "stressfull" at times. I have some other issues with anxiety that are not exactly helping at the moment however we are working through them as well. I just do not want to overeact in one direction or the other.
So after that long winded intro, how does heavy cycling help manage your BP if you have trouble with it? Do you take precations? What do you look for? i did not cycle during the winter and have only been back on my bike for the last 3-4 weeks so I am still getting back into the swing of it.
Thanks for any replies...