I have always had a high heart rate--as long as I can remember. But I never knew how high it typically was until I got my heartrate monitor a couple of weeks ago.
I am 24 years old. 5'11" 155lbs. I'm in pretty good shape. I've been active all of my life: running, cycling, swimming, lifting and I am a little more fit now than I have been in a few years, but my heart rate is still very high.
The lowest resting heart rate I've measured since I got my HRM is 59, a more typical number would be 75. This is first thing in the morning where the only thing I have done is reach over the side of the bed and strap on the monitor. It's not at all unusual for my standing heartrate to be 110 and sitting to be 100. My max heartrate (that I have managed to measure by running up hills) is 199. I think I could have pushed it higher still.
Does this seem strange to anyone? It seems pretty high to me. I always hear people talking about their RHRs and it makes me wonder if this is just a very arbitrary measure of fitness.