Two summers ago while working from home, I decided to get a quick HIIT session in my basement. Being in the fitness industry, it’s always great to practice what you preach—especially a person who advocates for heart rate tracking. I know that I am not the norm when it comes to monitoring. I wear four devices when I train, as I often do quality testing of devices we manufacture and sell. That day was no different, except I felt anxious and more out of breath than normal when done with my dynamic warm up. When I got onto the treadmill I was in disbelief. Standing, my heart rate was 176 beats per minute.
In my case, since I measure my heart rate daily, I knew what was normal but I also knew better than to self-diagnose. I figured the emergency room would give me peace of mind that it was just too much coffee or stress. However, my vital trends remained elevated. My heart rate, blood pressure, and additional cardiovascular risk factors led to further medical testing. I was fortunate that my first treatment approach (electro cardioversion) was a success. I went under general anesthesia while the doctor applied an electric shock to stop my heart and restart it, like rebooting a computer.
I have been in normal (sinus) rhythm since, and after a period of caution post-procedure, I have pretty much returned to regular training. I even recently completed a half marathon. I continue to monitor activity, exercise and enjoy the benefits.
Why I Joined RW+
Because the community is my tribe.
It is the place where I can work on my physical and mental self.
I Never Miss a Workout
Being a busy executive and parent, I use a combination of treadmill and outdoor runs. I never miss a workout.
My heart rate monitor to make sure I train with heart!
My body is an example of running with gas. Sometimes it provides a boost in my run.
To run a half marathon each year.