AFib has impinged as a new “feature” that I need to accommodate in my training plan. It has really crashed the party in an acute and emergent way over the course of only a month. Maybe, being 67 has something to do with it. Dunno yet.
The point of this post is that I am getting really inconsistent HR readings from a variety of sensors. My Venu watch uses LED and it’s readings are generally in line with my blood pressure cuff, which is in line with my Kardia EKG unit. The outliers are my TICKER and TICKR-X that sometimes are in the ballpark and most of the time way higher by 15 to 30 or more bpm.
I have been told that “moderate” exercise is important. So, the other day I got on my Wahoo trainer wearing the TICKR and fired up Sufferfest for an easy endurance ride. Where only a month ago I would have had a heart rate of 104-110bpm warming up, I was clocked in straight away at 155bpm. Exertion that would haveI required 130bpm was taking 180bpm. I have plenty of experience with heart rates around 160bpm, which is my lactate threshold, but 180bpm is new territory. Sufferfest gave me a new medallion award for this record heart rate, even a special attaboy for this “accomplishment." In my acceptance speech for this award I thanked my Atrioventricular Nodes for their current undying support. (Ta-dum)
Does anyone know if AFib is going to confuse a chest strap monitor. I can’t think of another reason and really doubt the reliability of these readings.
A second question is about others who train with AFib. I would look forward to hearing about your experience. I am told that the Beta-blockers I just started really put a governor on your heart rate which likely means real limitations on performance. I am trying to figure this out, so thanks in advance.