Hmm, I need to sort mine out too. Had Michelin Pro Race 3 for a while, no problems with them and no punctures. Switched to Conti 4 seasons, punctured in half a mile. Been using Schwalbe Ultremo HD for a while, fine but they only last a season before they start to perish. Mine are FUBAR now.
Ablation plus 18 months. 53 years old. Stabilised at about 85-90% speed. Heart rate still +15% at rest, still down 15% on old MHR. Two days ago managed 50M sprint for first time at end of 5K but power off slightly. Swimming is still incredibly hard, cycling (lower HR generally is easier)
Good luck all and may 2015 be better for you. BTW mine was a cryo ablation.
220 has been a bit weak last couple of years (read not enough freebies). Never been to Excel. CBA with the travel. Will go to Sandown again as it's moderately local. And Snugg should be there but my wife won't.
Darola, I would say about 80% for most things. I still get a lot of erratic beats but not full blown AF touch wood. I can run 9 miles and Kanga dragged me for 12 but the speed is waaay off. HR tops out at about 170 (210 before) and the brakes come on fast, my sprint finish is history. Get a LOT of erratic beats after anything more than 4 miles. Hydration is now critical to wellbeing I find.
The bike is a little better, managed 44 miles the other month and not too shabby speed for me.
Swimming has been really tough, just can't get past wheezing, running out of steam and dead slow.
Going up stairs still has me blowing like a locomotive.
Warming up on a run takes 2 miles instead of one.
Resting HR up to 72 from 54.
It WILL knock you back, just accept it and do what you can gradually. Set targets. (My big target was a couple of local hills on the bike and to do a tri this year. I did one sprint, I was last but I got round)
The procedure was a breeze apart from the canula. You get on table, you sleep, you wake up and some bastard has given you a brazilian and stuck your sac to the hairs on your leg with surgical tape.
I have put a stone back on as I can eat now without going into AF ( I stopped eating virtually completely for a while and dropped a stone and a half in no time)
Very pleased it was done. No more IM, maybe a few sprints, no more mara but I reckon I might get a half done.
Allow yourself to recover, don't go out straight after and nail it. Please.
Guy at the local tri club said it took him 18 months to get back to full power. I would agree with that, but add that full power is likely to only be 80% of what it was.
Hell, you may get lucky, hope you do.
The dizzy spells DO lessen off after a while, the blurred vision depending on your meds should subside, apparently you are more susceptible to acid problems (the stomach ulcer hit me unexpectedly, that was real shite). Was real happy to get off the warfarin and those fucking headaches.
Any questions, feel free to ask.
Am not a medic so no medical opinion offered here, just personal experience.
Timescales, ablation 12th August, first 10K race following May, not good, 1.07. a month later did a lumpier one in 56 mins, previous PB was 49 something so if that gives you any ideas...
Well, my temporary enforced semi retirement over the last year or so has seen me join my lad at karate and get mashed up, bit more target shooting as well, learning magic tricks and going back to playing a bit of live music. All of which is very nice, but I do miss some of the races.
And have totally lost the will to swim, which I always liked best before. It's been the hardest to get back to.