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Elevated heart rate post exersize?

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Old 09-16-09, 07:00 AM
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Elevated heart rate post exersize?

Ok, now I'm really getting into this if I have questions about the little things.....
Anyway, my resting HR (daytime) is around 53-55.
It was 29C yesterday evening when I went for a 22km ride with intervals mixed in. The ride was less than 40 minutes and the intensity (for me) was good. But it was a very warm ride.
I decided to check my HR about 1 1/2 hours after the ride and noticed it was still 66-70.
How long should it take for my resting HR to return?
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Old 09-16-09, 08:14 AM
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Warning: I'm not a doctor, though I do have some experience with this.
A couple of possibilities come to mind, the first of which is that you're normal and should probably think less. It's easy to get caught up in pulse rates, but for most reasonably healthy, reasonably young people, minor variations aren't that significant. You might have walked to the restroom or something a couple of minutes before you got that "high" (actually normal) reading. A change over time could be more meaningful, but a one-time reading is likely not worth worrying about.
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Elevated HR after exercise is normal. Duration depends on how hard you worked, maybe a few hours for a short hard ride.
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If you ever had a treadmill test conducted by a physician, they also test recovery rate. After the treadmill running, I got off and they kept the sensors on me while I sat down. They were testing to see how much time it took for me to get below 100 beats per minute. I think that reading tells a lot.

Then they ratchet down, to see how much time it took for me to get to 90 beats per minute. They knew I was a bike rider, so they had to increase the intensity of the treadmill speed. This took a while but nowhere near the type of riding we all do.
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It's normal, and the time it takes depends on your fitness. People blather on around here about resting HR, but the truth is the number doesn't matter as an indicator of fitness, it is how quickly you recover that indicates fitness; aerobic anyway.
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UMD is right - its totally normal. Your body is still metabolizing, flushing, and replenishing for hours after your exercise.
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Originally Posted by timeedgevxr View Post
UMD is right - its totally normal. Your body is still metabolizing, flushing, and replenishing for hours after your exercise.
OK. Though I read somewhere on this board that resting HR returned right after the ride. But I guess thats pretty much impossible. So would a longer the ride increase the recovery time?

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keep your self hydrated as I have seen HR's get way out of wack, both higher and lower than "normal", when people are dehydrated and it can get serious
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As other have mentioned c'est normal.

Your body is busy working at recovering from the damage you've just done while training. The better you recover the sooner is will drop back into a normal range (try a nap).

There are several things you can do nutritionally to help the process along. Do a search. There's a ton of threads.

I usually check my RHR as soon as I wake up. If it is elevated slightly I will alter my ride that day accordingly. Above a certain point and I will do a recovery ride instead.

Higher still and I'll go back to sleep because I'm probably still drunk.


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As other have mentioned c'est normal.

Your body is busy working at recovering from the damage you've just done while training. The better you recover the sooner is will drop back into a normal range (try a nap).

There are several things you can do nutritionally to help the process along. Do a search. There's a ton of threads.

I usually check my RHR as soon as I wake up. If it is elevated slightly I will alter my ride that day accordingly. Above a certain point and I will do a recovery ride instead.

Higher still and I'll go back to sleep because I'm probably still drunk.


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Yep, elevated heart rate when you wake up in the morning is usually a sign of overtraining.
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