I meant to ask a week or two when it cropped up but here goes.
I had a little health check recently as I had a shoulder injury and the docs wanted to check me over anyway.
They were quite shocked at first when they checked my pulse. It was only 39 bpm. They almost panicked and I had to explain that I think it is because I have always been into sports and particularly cycling.
After being well grilled they finally seemed to accept my “explanation”. Everything seems normal to me and pulse is very strong etc. Out of interest I checked a few of my non cycling friends and they were mainly between 70 and 80 bpm at rest!
I don’t recall what my resting heart rate was before cycling.
I have been a cyclist for about 7 years and each year I’ve gotten fitter and fitter. Local hills I used to struggle up now are easy and I sometimes wonder why I used to dread some routes. (I’m not a hill climber, just a generally stronger cyclist like most people are after a year or so etc).
From my quick research, I don’t think a low resting heart rate is that unusual for cyclists.
I’m joking but does this mean I will live twice as long or perhaps die early because no blood is flowing around my body anymore
I think as my heart is stronger it doesn’t need to pump as often when resting.
I’d be interested why the body does this. Why over time would a resting heart rate reduce as one got fitter?
Is a much lower resting heart rate common among cyclists and other endurance type sportsmen and women?