when i last checked my resting rate(jan this year) it was somewhere around 65, and took a long time sitting still, breathing steady to reach(never tried first thing in the morning) tonight i've seen 56 several times, after being fairly relaxed, but easier/quicker to reach than the first time.
i bought my gf a heart rate monitor for her bike computer and tested it. i thought it was giving false readings, so tried mine. and it was the same.
perhaps a boring story, but it's made me feel good. fitness(which i hope this is a sign of) was my main reason for starting cycling again.
talk to a heart specialist and they will tell you its not about how low your heart rate is in regard to fitness but how it takes after exercise for the heart to resume its resting rate. interesting exercise to find out??
Recovery is the rate your heart drops to two minutes after completing exercise, that's the KEY
Mine's dropped considerably since xmas when I took up cycling, so your story doesn't really surprise me. One thing I do take notice of is how much higher my resting HR is on the morning after I've done exercise. If it's 8 beats/minute or more than it normally is then it's a recovery day for me rather than an intensive exercise day. The higher the exercise intensity and the longer the exercise period, then the longer it will take you to recover.
It's worth taking 2-3 full rest days to establish what your correct resting HR is - test it first thing in the morning whilst still in bed, watch it for 5-10 minutes to get a true figure.
Now Ive worked out how my heart monitor strap works I might wear it to bed tonight.
I'll just have to have the bike and garmin in the room to see the results.
no vigorous activities in case you forget Matt B LOLOL
and if there is any accent climbed recorded on garmin????
So your bike isn't in the room with you? Odd.
I understand how the recovery rate may be more significant, but how about wearing the HRM while sleeping and letting your computer run overnight to record the absolute lowest? Any problems with this?
>edit: Whoops. Didn't see Matt and RD6's posts. Why would you need the bike in the room? Only the Garmin, no?
Other than draining your battery? Nope. Makes for quite an interesting heart rate graph... and is a really good way of testing if you really are rested - if you haven't recovered sufficiently from your previous efforts, your heart rate won't drop as low as it should, during sleep. Everyone is different, but given my heartrate immediately jumps about 10bpm as soon as i wake up, the lie-still-and-count method doesn't give me a true indication of recovery. Occasionally recording heartrate during sleep does.
Actually if any one is interested I have a fingertip pulse oximeter that can be worn overnight to measure and record heartrate and oxygen saturation. Its a good tool for indicating sleep apnea.