staring at the mountains
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Parker, CO
Bikes: 1x8 mtb kid-puller, Javelin Boca
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Heart rate and breathing quandary
Ok so this has been on my mind a couple weeks, and while I'm not losing sleep over it, I am curious if there's any meaning: Is there a difference between a high heart rate but not breathing hard, and breathing hard with a lower heart rate? Lemme esplain--
Couple weeks ago I was hiking with a couple buddies, and I was wearing my new toy, a wristband HRM. No chest strap; in order to get a pulse you have to hold fingers to the sensors. Something to play with, anyway. So I'm checking my heart rate at various points in the hike (2000' gain from 9000 to 11000 ft) and I'm in the 140-160 range. We were moving along briskly, so I wasn't terribly surprised. I wasn't breathing terribly hard, but working. I hear my friend behind me breathing like he's going to pop a gasket. He checks his pulse: he's in the 80s. That's right, he sounds like he's going to keel over and die, but his heart rate is downright Hannibal Lecter cool. I'm just the opposite, breathing with a good rhythm, but my heart's racing along like a hummingbird.
Is there any meaning to this difference? --other than just individual physiology? I found it interesting....