Two weeks ago what started out I thought as allergies turned into a full fledge cold in both my head and chest. The first week was all in my head so I took a 3 days off then ran and biked over the weekend. I had read that working out with a cold is OK as long as the symptoms were above the neck. The second week the damn thing took hold in y chest and I was down and out from Weds-Sun, but never had a fever. So after taking another 9 whole days off I ran on Thurs, biked on Friday, and then yesterday ran a 10K race I had committed to with my daughter and her boyfriend. BTW, I'm 50 years old, and training for White Lake Half Iron which is in 4 weeks, and my training has been going well up until now.
So here's the deal... my run Thursday, I just trying to get back into it after being sick, was on a route I run often and my HR was much higher than normal at a much reduced pace. Usually average low 140's at 8:30 pace, and avg 151 at 9:06 pace. On Friday I did a 28 mile bike ride again not trying to force the pace. I average 18.4 mph with an avg HR of 161 which was a ton higher than normal. A couple weeks ago I rode 50 miles at the same average speed with an avg HR of 134. Then yesterday I ran the 10K race at 7:49 pace and my avg HR was 167, again much higher than I have ever recorded. In fact my max HR was 186. I've been tested twice in a lab environment and my max HR was tested to be 178.
Any thoughts on what's going on? Did my illness mess with my HR? Am I trying to do too much too fast? I've even considered that my HRM is throwing out bogus numbers. I've been using a HRM for 3 years and have never experienced this before.
Thanks for your comments, Ace