I sure hope this doesn't affect my commuting or cycling in general.
I went to the doc in December because of respiratory/sinus infection type junk. During the exam the doc said he thought I had a heart murmur or something like that. Had an ECG test performed last Monday, and today they called back saying I have this condition where my heart is enlarged, and it needs further evaluation by a cardiologist.
I'm about to turn 34 and have never had any health issues my whole life other than being a bit overweight. The doc told me 2 years ago my cholesterol was a bit high and I should lose 15-20 pounds. That's when I started running and actually lost 25. However my father has a hereditary heart condition that falls within the realm of "enlarged heart", and he was never able to be as active as I am today. About 10 years ago he had to get an artificial heart valve and a pacemaker.
I know I'm slow on the bike. I rarely average more than 14.0 MPH moving on a ride, and have yet to break 15 MPH. Usually it's in the 12-13.x range. I routinely get out of breath and have to breathe really hard on some climbs, but isn't that normal? Trouble is, in nearly 2 years and well over 2,700 miles of riding, I haven't really gotten any better or faster. Before I was cycling, I was running and worked up from running 45s at a time to running for 30 minutes, but it was still very slow at 14:xx minutes per mile.
So I'll have to see a cardiologist soon. I pray he won't tell me to stop riding my bike or something like that, because frankly I just don't know if I can do that.