I'm just gonna be braggin' on myself again so if you want to skip it, go ahead, I'll understand
Let's recap, shall we?
20 year couch potato
"Shut it down. Now. Don't ever go over 165BPM"
That was last May. I thought it was January but it was May. I'm 55, leave me alone
So, I scheduled another stress/echo for today.
I wanted to know if any of this mattered or should I just go back to being a couch potato?
Now, if you've followed my posts here at all, you know I've pushed myself pretty hard.
Today, the tale was told. First, my BP -which I measured at 137/85 at home before I left- measured 142/90 in the exam room. For intents and purposes, exactly the same. He wasn't too happy with my BP when I saw him 4 or 5 months ago. This time, no comment. Always good when the doctor doesn't comment.
We start the stress/echo and man it's hard to get a good spin going but I'm warming up.
Then we bump up the resistance. Now, it feels just like my trainer. I'm spinning, I'm happy.
He checks my BP and says, "I'm taking it up one more".
It's getting a little harder but no worse than pushing the big ring on flat ground. I'm humming.
He checks again, says "One more"
OK, now, I'm getting warm, I've broken a sweat... my breathing is getting deeper but I'm spinning a good 90RPM, I'd guess. He let's me run with it for a while. It's started to wear on me... I'd back off if I was on a bike but I have to keep going.
He checks my BP and I think we're done. No! He says, "I'm turning it up one more"
Oh gawd.... this is a pace I'd never keep in the real world. It's like climbing at 80-90RPM... I just don't do that. Oh man, I'm ready to stop, but no I have to keep going
He checks my BP and says, "OK, that's enough"
Hm.. "OK, that's enough"? Well, that's different from "Shut it down. Now"
He looks at the results again briefly and says, "You just went a full 2 minutes beyond what you did a year ago. That's fantastic. You are in wonderful condition"
Huh. Two minutes???
I asked, "So, it does make a difference?"
"Yes, it does, you're in good shape now"
So, I said "I know I shouldn't go beyond 165 but what's safe to sustain and how long can I hold 165 safely?"
He said, "Well, you can sustain 140, 150 no problem and.... look, just keep doing what you've been doing because you're doing great. I really like what I see. Now, get out of here, I have to see some sick people."
George Hincapie told me, "Keep riding"
Keep riding, indeed