I’m dizzy whenever I stand up. Nearly every time I get up, from a chair, a couch, or bed, I get light headed. That’s not good, right? And it’s only been happening, at least happening so frequently, for a couple of months.
The internet search listed a hypochondriac’s dream of possible causes, but the most popular one was high blood pressure. Seemed ridiculous to me; I’ve always had low blood pressure, but it’s not something you mess around with, so, against my typical plan of action, I made a doctor’s appointment.
My poor heart beats like a hummingbird’s most of the time. Last time I measured my resting pulse rate it was something like 85 beats per minute. Once I recorded it over weeks while I was exercising in preparation for the Bolder Boulder 10K run and, in spite of all the running, it never really went down like it’s supposed to. One of my athlete friend’s resting pulse is 43. His heart is so powerful it just beats every once in a while and coasts the rest of the time.
Still, wonder’s never cease and all this training may finally be starting to pay off because when they measured my pulse at the doctor’s office it was 57! My blood pressure was below average as well. The doctor explained that all this was just my body adapting to its new fitness level. The blood vessels dilate with exercise and the lower pulse rate is less responsive to changes until your body notices what’s going on all the time, blah blah blah.
Apparently, my heart muscle has grown by a third and I am a perfect, Lance Armstrong only with both testicles, physical specimen. I am not really any faster on the bike, but, clearly, I am awesome now. Dizzy, but awesome.
In case you’ve been keeping track, here are the miles over the last 30 days:
28 April— 8.9 mile, lunch loop
29 April— 16.9 mile, time trial from home
30 April— 25.9 mile, longer version of the time trial
3 May— 60.2 miles, but there was a long break in the middle to drink beer at the Left Hand MS 150 fund raiser. Have you donated yet?
—the trainer and running a bit while I was traveling for work, but no riding for a week—
9 May— 33.4 miles, over three hills, like a mini triple bypass.
11 May— 23.4 mile, another extended time trial
14 May— 14.9 mile and another 16.9 mile. Twice in one day!
15 May— 13 mile, climbing up Olde Stage (the locations might be interesting to locals…)
16 May— 44.6 mile, climbing up Ward, ouch.
17 May— 48 mile loop from Left Hand to Carter Lake
18 May—26.9 mile after work ride with fellow Triple Bypass idiot
19 May—9 mile, lunch loop.
All that riding clearly explains my awesomeness. Of course it does.