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    Show Us Your Pulse Rates!

    Just came back from a doctor's visit. My pulse was 59. An interesting thing is
    that I have only been swimming with the team for about 7 weeks and do about 3600 yds. I'm just over 50, by the way.

    So, how does this compare?

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    I'm 57 years old. Frequently, when I go to the doc and they take my vitals, my pulse will be in the mid-high 40s. That usually prompts questions from the medical professional asking if I'm feeling OK. Sometimes when I awake in the morning...before I move around very much...I will take my pulse. It's often in the high 30s.

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    Per Apple Watch, resting heart rate (think when Iím sleeping) was 45 bpm. Itís about 57 bpm now after a minute of sitting. 37 and exercise nearly every day, swim a minimum of 3 times a week.

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    Mine averages 52, although I averaged 48 when I was swimming more yardage a few years ago(400+ miles/year). (I'm currently at 142 miles for the year, although that pace will drop when I do a lot of traveling later this year.)

    I am 56 years old, and I swim six days per week. I also do yoga as well as Theraband and PT exercises after my swim workouts.
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    I don't pay a lot of attention to this, but when I do check it (using my Withings watch) during the workday, it's usually around 60 bpm. I'm 51 and, these days, have only been averaging about 12,500 yards per week of swimming.

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    Mine sits at about 60 sitting around. 50 "resting" i.e. laying down first thing in the morning. 70 at the doctors as I usually have a small case of white coat syndrome. 29 years old. In college, my training advantage wasn't that my heart rate stayed preternaturally low, but that I could get it back to a reasonable level very quickly in between efforts. That's one of the biggest things that went away for me during my 6 year swimming hiatus.

    My wife is ridiculous. She broke her wrist a few years ago falling off a pullup bar. She was in the ER for triage and they took her vitals, she's sitting there freaking out about her wrist that was now at an odd angle and her heart rate was still hovering around 60. I'm pretty sure my heart rate was higher at that point and I was perfectly healthy at the time!
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    I run in the low 50s resting/sitting pretty regularly and swim 3-4x/week. I definitely know when I'm at the point of needing rest when my resting HR gets up in the upper 60s to 70s.

    I was doing Orangetheory (fun circuit training) workouts a year+ ago and got so frustrated that I couldn't get into the orange and red zones easily in class and that the calorie count didn't appear to be what it should be, usually much lower. It was then that I realized that the low HR and relatively quick recovery periods were contributing to that. After that discovery, I continued to work out relative to my own RPE.
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    Re: Show Us Your Pulse Rates!

    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge View Post
    My wife is ridiculous. She broke her wrist a few years ago falling off a pullup bar. She was in the ER for triage and they took her vitals, she's sitting there freaking out about her wrist that was now at an odd angle and her heart rate was still hovering around 60. I'm pretty sure my heart rate was higher at that point and I was perfectly healthy at the time!
    As mentioned in my previous post...my resting HR hovers in the mid-40s to mid 50s. When asleep (or unconscious) it's even lower. Several years ago...when having lower back surgery...instead of being allowed to naturally come back to consciousness from the general anesthesia...I was abruptly awoken by the post-op recovery room nurses because my pulse was so low (low/mid-30s). They were standing by with the crash cart and 'paddles' and saying "stay with us..." Until I could mumble to them that my low HR was normal, and that otherwise I felt fine. Since then...any time I'm under general anesthesia I make sure to let the surgical team know that my HR will be lower than what they usually see. Still...they're always shaking me and asking if I feel OK.

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    Thank for your responses everyone. This has been a very enjoyable read. Some great stories here - a few of which I'll likely tell people about

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacques_Mayol View Post
    Just came back from a doctor's visit. My pulse was 59. An interesting thing is
    that I have only been swimming with the team for about 7 weeks and do about 3600 yds. I'm just over 50, by the way.

    So, how does this compare?
    I started swimming in March of last year. When I started, my resting heart rate was in the mid 70's. I have pretty low blood pressure which supposedly correlates with higher RHR. At any rate, after swimming a similar amount of time to you, and a similar distance (do you mean daily, I assume?), it had dropped about 10 points.

    Then I started following authored workouts, which were shorter in distance, but a whole lot more intense. By mid Summer, I was in the low to mid 50's. Now I'm in the upper 40's. That said, that is on a "skip" day. It is in the mid to upper 50's on days I swim, which I do in the morning. I'm 44.

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    I don't really fit well into such statistics because I take a beta blocker drug for my heart which can artificially depress the heart rate, but as a life-long athlete I have kept my resting HR in the low 50s. It was 51-53 thirty years ago and still is. I have seen it as low as 48, but if it is 60 I'm coming down with something and need rest.

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    55. Measured it just now. Will try a bit later when I am chilled out.

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    40ís when I wake up. Sometimes use morning pulse to judge my stress. It can be in the 50ís mornings after tough workouts or after a flu shot. Iím not sure if my max goes over 175 now

    I think I tell this story every several years but Iím not sure but I had a similar experience to Danís. While being treated for a pit viper bite while at the hospital I was hooked up to this obnoxious machine that reports your heart rate. It had this low heart alarm setting which would beep loudly when the pulse dropped below 35 or something. One effect of the snake venom other than tissue damage was respiratory depression, and in addition to the hydromrphone, and having a slow resting pulse in the first place, whenever I fell asleep I would be awakened by this obnoxious alarm. The nurses would initially run in and I would have to explain, each shift, each different staff what was going on. I eventually muffled the sound and remember finally getting some real rest, then Iím awakened by panicking night shift nurses thinking I was dead. After a few days I just turned it off, but then someone turned it back on.

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    Re: Show Us Your Pulse Rates!

    I've had a mechanical aortic valve for 18 years. I had no restrictions on my activities and after 10-12 years of triathlon training my resting heart rate had dropped to 47 bpm. Over that time period my heart had remapped itself as an enlarged athlete's heart.
    About two years ago as a side effect of having the mechanical valve, I started to develop atrioventricular block that in turn led to bradycardia (low heart rate) where my heart was stuck at 38 bpm.
    I got a pacemaker implanted a year ago that now keeps me at a minimum of 55 bpm. The pacemaker has a motion sensor and pulse generator with software that is adjustable and I've had it fine-tuned a couple of times to respond a little better to my swimming. It's been challenging figuring out how long or hard my warm-ups need to be in order to get and keep my HR in the desired range, particularly at swim meets.
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