CX bike out of action due to me losing a quick link in the shed. I decided instead to use the best bike and try my first road ride in months. I headed off east to avoid the bigger hills; didn’t start too badly, I took it steady and kept to 120 HR. 32.9 miles 1,965 ft of climbing over 2:22 hours. Average 13.9 mph, not too shabby considering the HR.
It was set out to be another glorious June day, so I set off early for another canal ride. I had been feeling very fit and healthy on recent rides. I was not pushing it, but riding had seemed effortless and much faster. Its just about three months after the ablation, so perhaps the blanking period is over and I am recovering fitness. I decided to try the light slopes through Westwood and on to the golf club. There is a spot where I normally stop to allow HR to drop, I thought it may be possible to ride through.
I was heading down the trail at some speed (Strava says 18 mph) through a gravelly chicane. This was the point I realised CX tyres aren’t magic and still require skill to go fast round dodgy corners. The back wheel slipped and I hit a tree root, causing me to bounce high in the air and roll. I had cuts to my arm and leg; arm continued a rivaroxaban bleed for quite a while, leg was fine. I had also managed to bruise the top of both shoulders and re-activate the groin strain of a few weeks previously from which I had just about recovered.
Today was scheduled to be a scorcher.
I went out early for 21 mile cycle along the flat and felt spectacularly well.
In the afternoon I was dragged out for a gentle walk. It was 32°C and I was in long jeans, long sleeves, baseball cap and factor 50 to combat the amiodarone. Ninety minutes and three miles later, I was exhausted. I should have tried the Kardia to see if I was in AF, but I was so tired I didn’t even think of it.
Another article on AF in today’s Cycling Weekly.
The article refers to the website http://www.crickles.org which intends to use Strava crowd data to help identify early signs of heart issues. I have signed up and hope my historical HR data will be of some use.
I am still feeling tired, and the effects of the beta-blocker mean that I am still out of breath at minimal effort, but I think I have suddenly hit a noticeable improvement. I just feel generally more like normal. I am regularly riding 25 miles on the flat and not struggling, I am finding it easy to keep to 130 BPM, even up small inclines or into headwinds. At work last week I managed two flights of stairs without panting.
It may be psychological but it is a genuine feeling of a higher level of fitness.
Good ride today, even hit a 3rd overall. Admittedly a MTB trail and reverse that only 19 other people have ridden, but still.
My three-monthly review date was confirmed today as 12th July.
Cycling weekly today includes an article on heart problems. This was probably written prior to the inclusion of my letter a few weeks ago. The fitness editor appears to be developing AF, so far undiagnosed; this story could become a series.
A Strava acquaintance proudly posted his latest ride with the title HR average 220 for 10 minutes. I didn’t want to be a killjoy, but I replied suggesting he may want to investigate this as the HR trace he posted looked exactly the same as my early pre-diagnosis traces.
I completed a 23 mile bike ride on Saturday, not really long, but the longest one since November last year. Low HR, no breathlessness and felt quite good, 14mph average. Hills are still off the menu, and I am conscious of the heart remodelling process. But overall I am satisfied with progress.
X-ray, “Very good”; ECG, “Very good”; Blood pressure, “Very good”; Healing, “Nothing to worry about”; weight “OK”.
I had a long chat with the Cardiologist, (not Dr. Hunter). For the first time in a consultation, I felt they were listening to what I said and not just going through the motions. He was keen to hear about the occasions when I noticed the arrhythmia return, and decided I need to go on a 72 hour monitor sometime in the near future. I still have a wound that loses the scab in the shower and bleeds; apparently this is also OK, not related to an infection, but probably something to do with the internal suture.
I am to stay on the Amiodarone and the Lansoprazole until my next review in another six weeks, and may be able to come off the Amiodarone at that time. I need to be on the Lansoprazole until I come of the Rivaroxaban; it is apparently protecting against a internal bleed in the stomach.