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Atrial Flutter...What Next?

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 09:56

The consultant mentioned hydration initially although I had just about got there myself. But the extra litre idea is only a month or so old, so still unproven. But all seems good so far. Water alone doesn't cut it, always use a hydration tablet, high 5 zero are the best bang for buck. Nuun Cola tastes the best.

Re max effort, no, it won't do it, though it is improving. a year ago I tried to pull my end of race sprint out of the bag on a training run, got 20 metres and the brakes simply came on and slowed to a bare shuffle. Now, I can get about 85% of an end of race sprint but for a shorter period. 

Whereas before I could run the last half of a 5K at 192bpm and peak to 212 (throwing up point) on the sprint at the end, now 170 sees me struggling and 182 came up for the first time the other day at the end.

Now, disciplines that require a lower heartbeat seem to be less affected so on the bike, I can do most of what I could do before but with the "flame outs" I have been just ticking over until I can figure them out. They don't SEEM to be ticker related.

Sorry it's not particularly accurate info but I went from Ironman fit two years ago down to 10K being a big thing again. 

The single biggest factor I have identified affecting speed though, is weight. When I was a stone lighter when I was ill, I fairly flew along.  

Atrial Flutter...What Next?

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 00:02

Hi guys. Catheter ablation plus 22 months. Age 54 now. Put all the weight I lost back on, still get ectopic beats and AF for around ten seconds at a time but apparently not classed as AF unless 30 seconds or over.

Single biggest factor seems to be balanced hydration. 5 miles I can manage, 9 miles brings on the missing beats. Recently trying 7 miles with an additional litre of balanced hydration (like Nuun) and so far so good. 

Max HR was 212, now have got it up to 180 at a push. RHR was 54 now around 72. Still get dizzy spells, no idea why. Had a lot of "flame outs" apparently low blood pressure, still no idea why. Maybe stomach related, we are not sure.

Take a lot longer to warm up, 1.5-2 miles instead of less than half a mile.

If anyone ever makes use of this thread, great!


Shinfield 10k Berkshire

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 21:19

I will be there tomorrow. Older, fatter, slower, still off 100% healthwise but this is a good'un. Will be chasing an hour at best I reckon, but glad to be able to do it.

TT Bike

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 00:02

I keep looking at PX, keep getting told by bike shops they are rubbish and keep hearing how good they are elsewhere.

Exocet 2 in Ultegra cable interests me. Or should I just look at Dassi?

Ladies advice pls - saddle cysts from biking

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 23:56

Look at Assos shorts. Buttshield is brilliant, so is Crotchguard, be generous with it. If under the skin, I would consider GP...


Posted: 10/03/2015 at 23:48

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.

Anyone used Pro Race 4's?

Atrial Flutter...What Next?

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 19:44


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.

triathlon shows

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 23:06

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.


Posted: 24/11/2014 at 00:23

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...


What sport to do after tri retirement?

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 21:42

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.

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