This post is generally addressed to my fellow cyclists who have experienced heart conditions. Notwithstanding, anyone's advice and insight is welcome.
I'm 50, and have undergone a quadruple bypass surgery in February this year. I have taken up cycling since April following the operation. Over the last few months I've cycled regularly 3-4 times a week. I finally built up to my longest ride on Sunday last, and did 120 km in 8 hours interspersed with halts. I was tired, but ready to ride 24 hours later. No adverse effects whatsoever.
My Cardiologist has now said I am doing too much and I should stick to not more than 2 hours cycling a day, on any day. I am most disappointed and quite put out. I was hoping to go on to doing the 200km Brevet in Oct.
I do not intend to disagree with medical advice which I know is well meant, but need to get some perspective from those who have been in my situation.
I have been through sections of the 50+ Forum and have found members who have achieved a lot in terms of fitness goals and miles on the bike at very senior ages.
I wish to know if
(a) I am doing too much too soon ?
(b) Has anyone felt held back despite personally knowing they could do more ?
(c) How did you progress after the operation ?