…moving this to the Sports Med forum.
This might be a bit left field / out of the ordinary but thought I would ask anyway!
I began taking my fitness for running seriously since about the start of March where I have been building up my weekly volume to what is now around 8 hours per week. A few weeks ago I read “Training for the Uphill Athlete”, got myself a HR chest strap, worked out my MAF HR (149), and have been doing all my training at or below that since to build up my aerobic base etc. Pretty confident I have ADS as I have been used to doing all my running at high intensity for a few years now but will properly diagnose using the 10% test shortly.
I am going to do a HR drift test for AeT and an AnT test next week to work out my actual values for these important zones however before I embark on long haul HR based training I was wondering if anyone has any knowledge or experience of carrying out this training after having had open heart surgery (albeit for me it was in 1993!)? I had a ventricular septal defect (hole in the heart) surgically corrected at 11 weeks old (I’m now 26). I’ve been clear from the hospital for 11 years now with the doc saying all is well and that I can do whatever I want to do, however he did say that my heart may well operate a bit differently to a normal heart, but that it was nothing to worry about. Being 15 at the time and not training I didn’t ask for more info and since then I have had no heart trouble and have been fairly active ever since.
Does anyone have any useful info on this from their own experience or any anecdotal info? My resting HR according to my watch is 47bpm which seems fairly normal and I think my max HR is around 194 which is also fairly normal.. Im inclined to just proceed with the tests as normal and see what happens unless anyone has any specific advice around how I should expect different results due to my history.
Thanks in advance, apologies for the essay / life story 🙂
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